ford and gm transmission

It’s official – Ford and General Motors have signed an agreement to develop new automatic transmissions together. Both companies will design and build nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks. The new transmissions will be offered for both front- and rear-wheel-drive variants.

In an initial report, it was said that GM is leading work on a nine-speed gearbox for front-wheel drive vehicles, while the boffins at Ford are on the go with a 10-speeder for rear-wheel drive cars. Initial design work on these new transmissions have already begun.

The collaboration will enable both automakers to engineer and develop these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently, the companies said.

It isn’t the first time Ford and GM have collaborated on transmissions. Previous efforts have resulted in eight million six-speed front-wheel drive transmissions coming about, Ford placing theirs in offerings such as the Fusion, Edge and Explorer, while GM has theirs in the likes of the Malibu, Equinox and Cruze. As before, each company will manufacture its own transmissions in its own plants with many common components.