Chrysler Ramps Up Production of Eight- and Nine-Speed Transmissions


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    The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Dart may be among the first vehicles to get Chrysler's new nine-speed transmission | February 28, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler on Thursday announced it is investing $374 million and adding 1,250 jobs in Indiana to build fuel-efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions.
  • The automaker did not specify which vehicles will get the nine-speed transmission, but the Associated Press reported that they include the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the Dodge Dart.
  • The Kokomo, Indiana-built eight-speed transmission is set for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Charger.

KOKOMO, Indiana — Chrysler on Thursday announced it is investing $374 million and adding 1,250 jobs in Indiana to build fuel-efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions.

The automaker did not specify which vehicles will get the nine-speed transmission or detail launch timing, but the Associated Press reported that they include the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the Dodge Dart. Chrysler did not respond immediately to queries from Edmunds asking about production plans for the nine-speed transmission.

The Kokomo, Indiana-built eight-speed transmission is set for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Charger. Chrysler noted that the 2013 Dodge Charger is the first domestic sport sedan to feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The auto industry is slowly moving toward eight- and nine-speed transmissions. Such transmissions help to boost performance and fuel economy. Earlier this week, Jaguar Land Rover announced that the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque will feature a nine-speed automatic transmission when it goes on sale in the fall.

Edmunds says: Good news for American workers as Chrysler invests significant money in the Midwest and good news for American buyers, as the more fuel-efficient transmissions take a step closer to reality.

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