Nine-Speed Automatics Will Dominate US Market, Says ZF

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee fitted with the newly-developed nine-speed automatic transmission has yet to arrive in dealerships, but German manufacturer ZF says the new gearboxes will eventually dominate the US market in the future, even though smaller ones will remain available.
“I see the 9-speed technology contributing a lot to fuel efficiency and driving and ride comfort (...) Nine-speeds will more or less dominate the market in the future,” ZF CEO Stefan Sommer told Ward’s Auto.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which is scheduled to go on sale next month, will become the first US vehicle to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, with the Range Rover Evoque to follow soon. Meanwhile in Europe, Mercedes-Benz has already introduced their 9G-Tronic on the E350 BlueTec.

ZF’s current eight-speed automatic, that can provide 11 percent fuel savings, is used by automakers such as Chrysler, Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover.

In other related news, ZF is investing $600 million in its Gray Court, South Carolina facility, where it aims to build 800,000 nine-speed transmissions each year.

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