Ford and General Motors to develop Advanced Automatic Transmissions together
General Motors and Ford have entered into a joint agreement for the development of Advanced Automatic Technology with regard to 9 and 10 speed automatic vehicles including cars, crossovers and SUVs. By the development of this system which will be fitted to the front and rear wheel drive variants, performance of the vehicle along with fuel economy will see a remarkable boost.
By coming together in this development, both the companies will be able to save a great deal of costs as compared to developing the technology independently. The engineering teams of both GM and Ford will be working together in the design, development, engineering, testing and commissioning of these new advanced automatic transmission. This is not the first time that GM and Ford have come together for a combined deal where transmissions are concerned.
These repeated collaborations have allowed the two auto majors to introduce over 8 million 6 speed front wheel drive transmissions to global customers while 6 speed transmissions have been offered by Ford to customers across America. These are seen in the Ford Fusion, Edge Crossover, Escape and Explorer while GM has installed them in their Chevrolet Malibu, Traverse and Equinox and Cruze vehicles. Technical details and vehicle applications for the proposed collaborated transmissions will be made available closer to launch.
Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering said, “Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions.” “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios.”
He added, “This agreement provides tremendous benefits for both companies, and it will pay big dividends for our customers and shareholders.” “By jointly sharing the development of these two new families of transmissions, both GM and Ford will be able to more efficiently use our respective manpower resources to develop additional future advanced transmissions and bring them to market faster than if we worked alone.”
Craig Renneker, Ford’s Chief Engineer, Transmission & Driveline Component & Pre-Program Engineering said, “The goal is to keep hardware identical in the Ford and GM transmissions. This will maximize parts commonality and give both companies economy of scale.” “However, we will each use our own control software to ensure that each transmission is carefully matched to the individual brand-specific vehicle DNA for each company.”
Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain engineering said, “With the jointly developed six-speed automatics we have in production today, we’ve already proven that Ford and GM transmission engineers work extremely well together.” “Our 6F family of transmissions has exceeded expectations and there is every reason to believe we will have the same success with these all new transmissions.”