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Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic

How many gears are too many?

by on Apr.13, 2015

Cheryl Simpson, an employee at Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant, builds a six-speed transmission. Ford filed a patent for an 11-speed transmission.

You can never be too thin, too rich…or have too many gears, it seems.

Even as it moves ahead on a joint venture developing a 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford has been granted a patent for a new design that would use 11 gears.

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That might come as a shock to older motorists who remember the long-running debate over the need to upgrade to four- or five-speed gearboxes. But carmakers are racing to add ever more gears to their transmissions as they struggle to meet tough new fuel economy and emissions standards. (more…)

In Gear: VW Creates 10-speed DSG Transmission

What’s next? An 11-speed?

by on Nov.12, 2014

The seventh-generation Golf could be a prime candidate for VW's new 10-speed transmission.

Volkswagen was the first automaker to put a dual-clutch gearbox into production and with the technology becoming increasingly commonplace, the German maker hopes to jump back into the lead with the debut of a new 10-speed transmission.

VW unveiled the new 10-speed DSG at a preview of an array of new, high-efficiency powertrain technologies, part of its so-called “Think Blue” program. Its stated goal is to become the world’s most sustainable automaker by 2018.

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There are three parts to the Think Blue project, according to VW, “Developing efficient products and technologies, actively involving people to promote environmental awareness and supporting environmentally relevant and initiatives globally.” (more…)