• Dec 15, 2010
Chrysler is getting serious about its eight-speed transmission plans as evidenced by a new report by TheDetroitBureau.com saying that Auburn Hills plans to pull ahead its production schedule. It takes money to make things things like this happen, and Chrysler has announced it is investing $85 million into its Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana. That $85M will get added to a rather large pile of cash because Chrysler has already announced an investment amount of $843 million for its various Kokomo facilities.

The eight-speed was originally slated for production at Chrysler's Indiana Transmission Plant I, but the move to Kokomo allows ITPI to focus on a new front-wheel drive transmission.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Chrysler. They are so far behind the curve they need to work on technology that the competition isn't even looking into yet. Vehicles like the future 300C will benefit greatly by an 8 speed transmission that can offer increased fuel economy *and* an improved ride quality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rosie the Riveter!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Marchionne for president
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll be the first I guess.

      I wouldn't mind her changing my gears.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the UAW had a few more like that I might become sympathetic to the cause........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Checked the comments expecting something like this to be the first one... hah.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Based on where she's working, I'd guess she's probably a tranny.

        • 4 Years Ago
        i too checked the comments expecting it to be the first thing said. she looks like shes a cutie for sure!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait so Kokomo is in Indiana? I thought it was some beach island. :|
        • 4 Years Ago
        You think she's hot, you should check out the girl in the foreground.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Girl in the picture can change my gears any time.


        P.S. not really sure that it means....but it sounds dirty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha ha, so glad I'm not the only one who was surprised at the attractiveness of this woman.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The island described by the Beach Boys is fictional. Although numerous resorts have adopted the name since the song's release.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, nice looking milf on ponytails...you know she's into cars when she wears piston (ear) rings.

        She can work on my "tranny" anytime...;p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sik68: Okay dawg, you got me. Didn't notice her until you brought her to my attention. Was digging on granny over thar... Riiiight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That semi-hottie is a MILF, whom I sure cleans up rather nicely. I'd wine, dine and spank her.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Axio,

        No not that "tranny"....

        Mine's a stick..she can service my "clutch". ;p
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kotse

        You do know what 'tranny' means in a sexual sense, don't you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL...only women clean enough/smart enough to put together this trans!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And she can work on your transmission? Definitely a win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This transmission is already being used in the BMW 7-series, Audi A8, Porsche etc.

      And I agree with the poster above, the Chrysler A-727 Torqueflite was tuff as nails and feather light.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never driven an automatic with more than 6 speeds. I'm curious if an 8 speed would end up shifting up/down excessively under certain conditions. The last 6 speed auto I drove (if memory serves me right, it was a rental Saturn Aura ) seemed overly eager to shift and became slightly annoying when all I wanted was to smoothly cruise around.

      And let's hope Chrysler doesn't push out this 8 speed too quickly. I made lots of money repairing 4 speed ultraglide transmissions during my time at a Chrysler dealership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know the 8 speed is all about getting better fuel economy and engine performance but 8 gears seems like 2 gears 2 many to many to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just wait until they start splitting gears (auxiliary transmission) like in big trucks. Suddenly we'll go from "A luxurious 8-speed transmission" to "OMFG 16 SPEED TRANNY! ITS LIKE A MOUNTAIN BIKE LOL!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks MikeW for all that info that I didn't ask for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My only beef with these upcoming 7, 8 speed transmissions, is how the cars behave in city driving, especially if there is an inconsistent flow of traffic. My current car has a 5 speed auto, and does a lot of hunting for gears between 22 and 28 mph. Very annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Careful, if you complain too much they might just switch to those dreadful CVTs like Nissan did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps this is unfair, but it seems like a much more complicated transmission, and because Chrysler is not capable of making complicated machines, I think this is worse than a 4 speed.

        If it were a Ford or a Honda or a Toyota or a BMW, I'd prefer the complex, but with Mopar, I know these things will break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IIRC, an 8 speed automatic only needs two sets of double planetaries, so it's not much of a jump in complexity to have one.
        Though I do hope they stop at 8, those luxury barges are pretty damn smooth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A little skeptical of the first gen of these. Constantly shifting can't be great for the tranny after a while.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not certain but shifting upwards through eight gear-shifts is probably easier on the transmission then eight shifts on a six-speed unit. My point is as long as your vacating to a new higher gear or downwards through more gears there really isn't more wear over the lifetime of the 8-speed trans when compared to a lesser gear unit. Eight-speed units minimize lugging or even constant meshing of particular gear-sets. Hope I'm clear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for killing off 4-speeds, but I think 6-speeds is my personal preference, 5 is even good. 7 and 8 just seems like overkill.

      Of course, 6mt is my personal favorite.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If there's a human limitation at 6 gears, then how do those 14-, 18-, 22-gear semis move?

        Just busting your chops bud.

        6 speeds is enough for any car that doesn't need to perform hyper-efficiently above about 110 mph (above that, you have to spread the 6 ratios out too much for the engine to operate appreciably near peak efficiency for all speeds).

        That said, 6 well chosen ratios is enough for any car. I'm partial to the way Corvettes (IIRC) do it, the first 5 ratios are pretty close, like you'd want to have in a race car, and 6th gear is great for freeway cursing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @airchompers- at 110mph and more efficiency is right out the window anyhow. Germans hate it when you explain to them that a Buick Roadmaster going 70mph uses no more fuel than an average German sedan zipping along the Autobahn at 200kph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In any sort of manual transmission or sports oriented car, I agree, 6 seems like an ideal number of forward gears.

        However, on something that is more of a gran tourer or highway cruiser, 8 offers some important advantages. Primarily fuel economy and a smoother ride. The Lexus LS, BMW 760Li, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne, and Audi A8 are (i'm pretty sure) all equipped with an 8 speed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully this means they will be going in the '12 Grand Cherokee. They should have been in the '11.
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