General Motors has reportedly reached a short-term agreement with Aisin to use the company’s eight-speed automatic transmissions while the American automaker continues to develop its own.
General Motors is well aware that it needs a formidable eight-speed automatic for its luxury Cadillac models in order to stay competitive in the market. In addition to the luxury segment, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will also likely be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
According to Motor Trend, the automaker’s new longitudinal eight-speed transmissions aren’t ready yet, especially considering the volume that will be needed for all its models. As a result, GM will be utilizing eight-speed automatics from Aisin for the near future while it finishes preparing its own transmission for its rear-wheel drive vehicles.
Aisin currently manufactures two eight-speed transmissions with one capable of handling high-torque loads. It is believed that the agreement will last for about one year before GM begins equipping its models with its own new transmission.
[Source: Motor Trend]