Ford and General Motors have signed an agreement under which both companies will jointly develop 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.
The new 9- and 10-speed transmissions will be built in both front- and rear-wheel drive variants, improving vehicle performance and increase fuel economy.
“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering. “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios.”
This is not the first time these two automakers join forces. In fact it is the third time that GM and Ford will collaborate on transmissions.
Currently GM and Ford have jointly developed 6-speed automatics in production and more than 8 million have been built. Ford example Ford uses this transmission in the Fusion saloon, Edge crossover, Explorer and Escape SUVs. GM has it on Malibu, Traverse, Equinox and Cruze.
“The goal is to keep hardware identical in the Ford and GM transmissions. This will maximize parts commonality and give both companies economy of scale,” said Craig Renneker, Ford’s Chief Engineer, Transmission & Driveline Component & Pre-Program Engineering. “However, we will each use our own control software to ensure that each transmission is carefully matched to the individual brand-specific vehicle DNA for each company.”