Ford Shoots Down GM’s Nine-Speed Transmission
A while back we reported that Ford and GM were working together to produce two transmissions for the price of one. Ford agreed to produce a 10-speed gearbox for both automakers to use while GM would share the nine-speed it designed.
But now, Ford has decided to not use GM’s nine-speed transmission and instead use an eight-speed transmission. Ford said the decision was because GM’s nine-speed didn’t provide enough of a fuel economy improvement to justify the extra cost and weight of the added gear. GM is happy with the nine-speed and uses it in its vehicles.