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Return of the Chevy Pony Car
In 2009 Chevrolet resurrected the Camaro nameplate. Using a mix of retro inspired style and futuristic design elements, the reborn Camaro commanded road presence and has become a sales success.
Automatic transmissions are HUGELY popular in North America. Europe is still a strong hold for the manual gearbox but on this side of the Atlantic self-shifters account for at least 90 percent of new-vehicle sales; the standard trans lost the market-share race decades ago and in spectacular fashion.
Don’t hold your breath for an eight-speed automatic in the the Corvette Stingray next year.
Modernized as the C7 Corvette is, automatic models still use a six-speed automatic. That won’t be the case much longer and an SAE technical paper is revealing key details about the new slushbox.
Have you been anxiously waiting for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? In spite of long delays the company is finally getting its act together and the new compact SUV should start to arrive at dealerships over the next 10 days.
Michigan, it’s more than just Great Lakes, the Big Three and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. To the surprise of many, GM, Ford and Chrysler aren’t the only games in town. Practically every major OEM and supplier company has offices, technical centers or test facilities in the mitten state, and Toyota is making a major investment its facilities.
Is the manual transmission dead? Die-hard auto enthusiasts may shout out: “No way” but is anyone listening? If you’re in the market for a new car, a manual transmission might be a good idea, for a few key reasons. Continue Reading…
In the quest to find a new car, there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. Questions about cargo room, technology, options, luxuries and other various elements will come up more than a few times while shopping for a new car. However, from the car driver’s perspective, there are just three main questions: How comfortable is the driving experience? How fun is it to drive? How good is the car on fuel?
A major factor in answering those three questions has to do with the right transmission. Let’s face it, manual transmissions aren’t for everyone. They require familiarity and a level of perfection to get just right. With a traditional automatic transmission, drivers have been able to experience a fairly comfortable, yet less engaging experience. Still, an automatic transmission can leave any driving enthusiast unsatisfied. Luckily, progress has been made in the world of automatic transmissions that can help alleviate those woes.
It appears that the Japanese automaker could be investing in a nine-speed automatic manufactured by German supplier ZF. Chances are though that we won’t see any Hondas or Acuras on the road equipped with it until 2014 at the earliest.
The transmission is called 9HP by ZF and could be the same unit that Chrysler plans on using in its model lineup. Even though the Japanese automaker has developed its own transmissions over the years, the 9HP is designed for transverse installations, making it ideal for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. In addition it utilizes planetary gearsets, helping save space.
According to ZF, the transmission is capable of supporting up to 354 lb-ft of torque and could be used in both start/stop and hybrid drive systems.
Of course the Japanese automaker didn’t confirm or deny the reports, but if the rumors are true and Honda is indeed switching to the transmission by 2014, we could see it with the new-generation Acura TL to start.
[Source: Automobile Mag]
It’s anything but a secret: more gears mean better gas mileage. Mercedes-Benz packs a seven-speed automatic into many of its cars, Lexus uses an eight-speed transmission in its LS sedans, but these amply geared boxes are generally the things of luxury cars— until now.
We were the first to report that Hyundai had a 10-speed transmission in the works, having announced it at a tech briefing in Michigan. Hyundai has now confirmed that the transmission is under development, and will be in production as soon as possible, though details are still murky about which vehicles will get the technology. Given how aggressively automakers are pushing for better mileage year over year, it might make sense that the new gearbox would fall into Elantras or Accents rather than or alongside the luxurious Genesis and Equus. No doubt the transmission is being designed with the CAFE fuel economy regulations in mind that will come into effect fully in 2025 and expect a 54.4 mpg average rating.
We’ll keep you up to date as more emerges.
At the time, Ford was already carefully monitoring customer feedback as well as online forums as well to better understand the issues concerning the transmission.
While only 3 percent of all transmissions were effected, Ford has found that most of the issues were related to cold shifting, a clutch plate bolt defect, clutch stay out, and 5th gear synchronization. Ford assures that none of the issues found will cause a safety risk.
Of the issues reported, 44 percent were related to higher than expected shift efforts in cold ambient temperatures when the car first starts. Initially, the MT-82 transmission was given a thicker, higher viscosity transmission fluid to address gear noise. However, customers are allowed to request a lower viscosity fluid to minimize shift efforts.
Next a clutch plate bolt issue reportedly caused gear selection to become more challenging over time. Complaints indicated notchiness and grinding noises as a primary concern. Ford found that this attributed to clutch fasteners that got loose over the duration of the vehicle’s operation. A revised fastener was designed and put to production in October 19, 2010 to fix the issue and a special service message number was issued to aid technicians in identifying this concern.
Clutch stayout attributed to 24 percent of all transmission complaints. Clutch stayout is used to describe a situation where rotating inertia of the clutch components are higher than the spring force provided by the clutch pedal. Most often present when engine speeds are greater than 4,000 rpm, the clutch will reengage once the rpm returns to a lower speed. Replacement clutch pedal parts are available and Ford’s revised spring design has been implemented.
Finally a new grinding and notchy sensation is experienced when the vehicle engages fifth gear. This problem is not in relation to any of the previous concerns. Ford has investigated and identified component quality issues regarding synchronizers and corrective action has been taken.
According to Ford, diligent monitoring of many customer feedback sources allowed the automaker to quickly respond and address issues concerning their vehicles. Ford is committed to continually follow up on these complaints and provide the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
As we first reported back in December, Hyundai is developing a 10-speed automatic transmission. Now details of when that new unit will be available have come to light, with the project expected to be completed by 2014. Hyundai president Park Seong Hyon says the new gearbox will likely be installed in the Genesis sedan and Equus.
Earlier this year, Hyundai had already introduced their new, in-house developed, 8-speed transmission. Mated to the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan’s 333-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque 3.8 liter V-6, the transmission helps the car achieve 19/29 city/highway mpg. With the addition of two more cogs, it allows the engine to sit in its optimal rev range more often, improving fuel economy even further.
We are anxious to see what other automakers will do to answer Hyundai’s momentum. Will a cog war be the new horsepower war?
GALLERY: Hyundai Equus