Ford and GM to co-develop advanced nine- and 10-speed automatic

Partners say initial design and engineering work already underway

Published: April 16, 2013, 2:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:01 PM

GM hydramatic 6 speed transmission

Ford Motor Company and General Motors have signed an agreement to jointly develop an all-new generation of advanced-technology nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions, to be built in both front- and rear-wheel-drive variants.

The transmissions, whose aim is to improve vehicle performance while improving fuel economy, allows both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new components to their vehicles faster and at lower cost than as independents.

“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.”

It's the third time in 10 years that Ford and GM have collaborated on transmission, enabling them to collectively deliver more than eight million six-speed front-wheel-drive transmission worldwide. Ford's six-speed goes into the Fusion, Edge, Escape, and Explorer, while GM's are installed in a variety of vehicles including the Malibu, Traverse, Equinox and Cruze.

As with that collaboration, the nine- and 10-speed automatics will be manufactured by each company in its own plants but with many common components.

“This agreement provides tremendous benefits for both companies, and it will pay big dividends for our customers and shareholders,” added Lanzon. “By jointly sharing the development of these two new families of transmissions, both GM and Ford will be able to more efficiently use our respective manpower resources to develop additional future advanced transmissions and bring them to market faster than if we worked alone.”

Technical details and vehicle applications will be released closer to launch.