Chrysler Delays Introduction of Dual Clutch Transmission

Perhaps in response to comments labeled at Ford’s dual-clutch gearbox, particularly by Consumer Reports, which caused the Blue Oval to take a hit in CR‘s annual reliability survey, Chrysler has announced that it won’t be releasing its own twin disc unit until concerns over refinement have been addressed.

The dual-clutch gearbox, made by Fiat, was originally intended to be introduced on the 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger models but instead those mid-size cars will retain the 62TE six-speed automatic they sported last year.

Chrysler spokesman, Vince Muniga, said that despite the gearbox currently being offered in Europe, the company was “concerned about the refinement and how the American customers might perceive the transmission.”

Although it might be delayed there’s still every sign that the dual-clutch unit will make it to future,Chrysler, Dodge, possibly even Jeep products as the automaker looks to bolster fuel efficiency in order to meet tougher fuel economy standards.

In addition to the dual-clutch, Chrysler is also working on a 9-speed transaxle application with ZF, for use in front-drive vehicles. Could 10-speeds be on the way?

[Source: Automotive News]

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