Ford and GM Joining Forces to Create 9- and 10- Speed Gearboxes

Ford and GM will apparently be joining forces in order to split the development costs for new automatic gearboxes. However, they are no ordinary gearboxes, as they will have 8, 9 and 10 speeds, respectively. According to the New York Times, the partnership will be made official in November.
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According to IHS Automotive powertrain analyst, David Petrovski, “the biggest benefit in GM and Ford working together is it reduces their investment risk.” Splitting the costs will enable them to make a larger and more fruitful combined investment in the development, which not only reduces the costs considerably, but we say it also results in a better end-product.

This is not the first time the two American giants have collaborated on transmissions, as nearly a decade ago, they jointly developed a new six-speed automatic gearbox, specifically designed for front-wheel drive cars. The end result were the Ford 6F and GM 6T70 transmissions which featured the same mechanical parts, with different electronic controllers, to suit their respective puropses.


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