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GM Investing $332 Mil for High-Mileage Powertrains

Maker will add new mix of 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and 8-speed gearboxes.

by on Apr.04, 2013

GM will add several variants of the new Ecotec family, including a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder.

General Motors will invest $332 million to gear up four plants to launch an array of new powertrain components, including all-new 3-, 4- and 6-cylinders engines, as well as a new 8-speed transmission.

In a complex announcement, the maker also revealed plans to boost a previous investment at two Michigan plants by $46 million.  In all, the new and expanded programs will bring to $1.8 billion the money GM has committed to updating six Midwest powertrain facilities since just 2009.

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“We are investing in technologies and manufacturing capabilities that produce high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles and components for our customers,” said Diana Tremblay, vice president of GM North American Manufacturing.


Chrysler Going to an 8-Speed Gearbox

Licensed from ZF, maker will invest $300 million in Kokomo.

by on Jun.09, 2010

Like its competitors, Chrysler will adopt new, fuel-saving 8-speeds gearbox technology.

Chrysler Group LLC has announced plans to buy 8-speed transmissions from Germany’s ZF.

The automaker will initially import the gearboxes from Europe then begin production of its own at an updated plant in Indiana, saving, the maker says, more than 1,000 U.S. jobs.

The deal will give Chrysler, which is trying to rebuild its technology portfolio, access to an important enhancement to future products. The 8-speed transmission improves the fuel economy for vehicles equipped with gasoline engines while also giving the company bragging rights in a technology recently dominated by its European and Asian rivals.

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“As the U.S. auto industry continues its rebound, we see considerable growth opportunities within it – especially for next-generation vehicles, such as those at Chrysler Group that will use the 8HP 8-speed automatic,” says Hans-Georg Härter, ZF’s President and CEO.