GM 10-Speed Auto Spreading to 8 Models by 2018

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

General Motors plans to use its new 10-speed automatic transmission in eight different models by 2018.

The 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 will be the very first car to offer the new 10-speed unit which was developed in conjunction with Ford. Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, revealed the info to Automotive News, though he wouldn’t elaborate on the other models getting the transmission.

Seeing as it is set up for high-power rear-wheel drive vehicles, GM’s trucks and SUVs are likely candidates to receive the transmission. A GM spokesprson did confirm that the eight-speed automatic currently found in Cadillac models and the Chevy Corvette will continue to be offered, so those cars may not end up with the 10-speed, at least for now.

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This 10-speed was developed with Ford alongside a new nine-speed transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles, though details on when that transmission will make it to dealerships has not been discussed.

The new Ford Raptor will be the first vehicle from the blue oval to use the 10-speed automatic.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Mar 21, 2016

    This ratio race is getting out of hand! Why do you need that many gears? I'd think eight would be plenty.

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    • Quix Quix on May 11, 2016

      They need more ratios to compete with CVT transmissions on fuel economy. It was either this or use CVTs.

  • Tony Flores Tony Flores on Mar 22, 2016

    I would rather have a stick which you can only find in about 12 cars now, & very few of those would I want to drive.

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