General Motors all-new, nine-speed automatic transmission won’t be a North America exclusive as Chevrolet China announced the transmission will rollout in the country later this year.
Chevrolet will first receive the transmission in a “high volume SUV” later this year, but the rollout will include 13 separate models from the bowtie brand, Buick and Cadillac by 2020.
“GM has made it a priority to bring our company’s most advanced global technologies to China to benefit our local customers,” said Michael Carman, GM China vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “This is enabling us to reduce emissions and maximize the fuel economy of our current and next generation of vehicles.”
The transmissions major accomplishment is an improvement in fuel economy by two percent compared to GM’s six-speed automatic gearbox. It was also designed with stop/start systems in mind from its inception.
Despite adding three more gears, its smart packaging keeps its size within hairs of the current six-speed automatic, too. The nine-speed auto features an on-axis design and a selectable one-way clutch to help with sizing and packaging of the engineering expertise.