Chrysler Readies Nine-Speed Auto Transmissions to Cut Fuel Consumption
August 1, 2012 9:21 AM
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The Chrysler 300 will be a recipient of the new 9-speed automatic transmission.
A 16% improvement in fuel efficiency is expected from nine-speed transmission
Automakers are pulling out all the stops and looking to squeeze every single mile per gallon out of their automobiles by any means necessary. Automakers are looking at more
fuel-efficient engines with smaller displacements
, but they're also looking at
reducing the weight of vehicles
increasing the number of forward gears
used in car/truck transmissions.
Adding forward gears
to a transmission makes a lot of sense because the slower the engine spins, the less fuel it consumes. In years past automatic transmissions used in vehicles commonly had four or five forward gears. More recent vehicles are moving up to six-speed and in some cases even eight-speed automatic transmissions in luxury vehicles. Chrysler is eyeing even more gears inside with nine-speed gearboxes for more mainstream vehicles.
According to Mircea Gradu, vice president transmission powertrain driveline engineering, Chrysler will roll out its first nine-speed transmission by the first half of 2013. “I’m convinced that, sooner or later, others will come up with similar solutions,” Gradu said in an interview from his office in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where Chrysler is based. “Hopefully, the time will be as long as possible until they catch up with the technology.”
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that the automaker and its various brands will be able to meet looming fuel-efficiency standards by using technology that improves traditional gasoline engines combined with better transmissions rather than moving to plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles.
will reach 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Michael Omotoso, a powertrain analyst at LMC Automotive, said, "They’re [Chrysler] doing basically the bare minimum to satisfy government regulations. Their strategy is to meet the standards with minimum investment.”
reports that the nine-speed transmission Chrysler is developing could boost fuel economy of certain models by as much as 16%. Chrysler has already scored a 15% boost in the highway fuel economy of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger by adding an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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8/1/2012 10:20:36 AM
Saving fuel is the whole point of this exercise, sprockkets.
That's like saying, "So what if it moves forward? These cars move so much you barely get any good nap time out of them."
8/1/2012 10:37:48 AM
Let's look at it another way - todays a/c systems are around 1.5-2x times more efficent. They also break down 3x as much and the evaporator coils leak around 10x as much.
In other words, you save $30 a month. You also pay an thousands more in repairs over the life of the system as well vs an older system. Where did the EPA/GOV factor lost refrigerant and extra energy and money in repairs when mandating higher SEER ratings?
I don't want a 9 speed auto if all it does is crap up more in repairs vs. a measly 15% in fuel savings.
8/1/2012 12:37:27 PM
That's not your original argument, to which I in good faith responded to.
If you're claiming "added complexity vs efficiency", then there are in fact other ways to increase efficiency, but I suspect you would respond in exactly the same way as your OP in which you complain about a lack of good acceleration.
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