• Aug 30, 2007
Unlike many carmakers, Mercedes-Benz has traditionally built its own transmissions . It has even supplied them to others, such the slushbox that they sold to Porsche for the 928. Economic realities could soon cause that to change, as the team from soon-to-be Daimler AG investigates outsourcing transmission production to other companies. Mercedes wants transmissions that will help the fuel efficiency of their next generation A, B, and C-Classes, such as eight-speed dual clutch units. Rather than spend the resources developing its own. it might just purchase such a unit from a company like Getrag or ZF, according to a report in Auto Motor und Sport.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      the post talks nothing about their big transmissions. Who makes their Manual transmissions now?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome, tradition sucks.

      This is a good of an idea for their image and reputation as the 9-7x was for Saab.

      Woo Hoo.

      Now to convince GM to start making metal Corvettes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lol! Great post.

        I was thinking the same thing about tradition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      An eight-speed would be awesome!

      http://www.BenzForum.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        They already have a 6:1 ratio spread 7 speed automatic.
        So it is only logical to go to 8 ratios, and knowing Mercedes, they will only do something like a 6.6:1 ratio spread, when the LS460's 8 speed auto has 6.7:1, and the new ZF 8 speed has 7:1.
        and it will probably continue the tradition of two reverse gears.

        I was hoping MB was going to make a 9 speed auto.
        http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/mb/MaschElem/e-automat.php?druck
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's all about being able to advertise your 8-speed transmission.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Chrysler could supply Mercedes with a good transmission.LoL!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some things are best outsourced.

      Theyre gonna be licencing GM's dual mode hybrid transmissions anyway.

      And they can buy a good DSG from VW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        More like buy it from BorgWarner. VW has very little to do with the DSG other than integrating it into their vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 6-speed ZF auto in the new 3-series is amazing. If they can make an auto with a torque converter that good, I'd love to see a dual-clutch offering.

      Isn't the VAG DSG that everybody loves from Borg-Warner, though? The Getrag SMG in the E46 M3 wasn't exactly a success.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most automakers still produce their own slushboxes for their cars (unlike manual transmissions, which are largely outsourced these days).
      • 7 Years Ago
      woo hoo great news for the german a&&holes..

      Chrysler wanted to souce ZF units years ago and were forced to use the inferior and more expensive mercedes pieces..

      I guess since they don't have a captive market to force sales to Mercedes can look for a better alternative for themselves... lmao..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure you all know the first fully automatic Transmission was the Ford Model T PLANATARY SYSTEM, No Gears just bands and a Cork Disc clutch so, if MB is looking for a proven system they should contact Ford and see if they'll resurect the PLANATARY SYSTEM for them? Now, WOFAN had the next best suggestion, buy the TORQUEFLITE from CHRYSLER! In 1952 CHRYSLER sold some of the system to Ford, Ford called it the, CRUISEMATIC! ASK ANY TRANSMISSION REBUILDER AND THEY'LL TELL YOU 99% OF THE PARTS IN THE CHRYSLER TORQUE-FLITE ARE INTERCHANGABLE WITH THE FORD CRUSEMATIC! JUST FOR YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION! THE TORQUE FLITE STILL HOLDS THE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD IN AN AMERICN FULL BODIED PRODUCTION CAR! THE 1957 CHRYSLER 3OOC WITH A 392 HEMI DRIVEN BY DOUG LOVEGROVE AT BONNEVILLE, 210 MPH, A TWO WAY AVERAGE! i THINK IT WOULD BEHOVE MB TO LOOK INTO THE TORQUE-FLITE! I OWN A 1967 MB 200 4CYL TWIN SOLEX CARBS GAS 4DR SEDAN THAT IS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A 1958 TORQUEFLITE OUT OF A 1958 300C AND I EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM THIS CROSS BREED. tHE 4 BANGER PUTS OUT AN HONEST 120 hP ON THE dYNO TO THE REAR WHEELS I'LL KEEP YOU POSTED!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Come back once you have your "obnoxious" button set to "off".
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