GM, Ford to collaborate on new transmissions - Apr 15th, 2013 - National
— General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions.
The companies said Monday that their engineers will jointly design nine- and 10-speed transmissions that will go into many of their new cars and trucks.
When transmissions have more gears, engines don't have to work as hard. That saves fuel. As long as the shifting is smooth, most customers don't give much thought to their transmissions.
The fierce rivals, which rank first and second in U.S. auto sales, say they'll save millions of dollars that can be spent on areas that customers do pay attention to, such as quieter rides and nicer interiors.