Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have put aside their differences to officially announce a signed agreement to jointly develop nine and ten-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks that will be for both front and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. They goal is to improve vehicle performance and fuel economy with these new automatic transmissions. Plus it beats the option of a CVT in our eyes. It also confirms the rumor that’s been swirling around since September of 2012 that the two automakers were putting their heads together for nine and ten-speed transmission efforts.
According to those previous reports, GM is forwarding the design of a nine-speed gearbox for use in front-wheel-drive vehicles. Meanwhile, Ford will be fronting the development of a 10-speed transmission for rear-wheel-drive vehicles such as pickups, SUVs and possibly performance cars. However, these details have not been made official.
In jointly collaborating, the pact enables both GM and Ford to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if they each went solo. It also marks the third time in the past decade that GM and Ford have teamed up for transmission development. Each company will manufacture its own transmissions in its own plants, though with many common components.