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What did we tell you? It's all about synergy, people. Automakers around the world are aligning themselves into a constricting cadre of corporate groups, all in the aim of sharing resources. So when Fiat, for example, has a winner on its hands – be it a new platform, a new transmission or anything in between – you know it'll only be a matter of time before it finds its way to Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills. Likely in Sergio Marchionne's hand luggage.

The latest from Fiat Powertrain Technologies is its TCT dual-clutch transmission. Lighter than most units at 179 pounds, versatile enough to be mated to a broad range of engines, and packing six speeds and two dry clutches, the gearbox has been in development for over five years now since the split with General Motors.

The transmission was made available initially on the Alfa Romeo MiTo, but will – according to Inside Line – soon find its way into a broad range of vehicles from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and yes, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, too. IL says we should expect the gearbox to proliferate into all manner of Chrysler and Fiat products by 2013.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this Fiat sourced design, manufactured domestically, will make its way into the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger this model year. A well proven unit, this tranny will move Chrysler to the front of the pack in automatics in conjunction with the 8 speed under development by Chrsler for the RWD applications.
      Add "multi-air" valve train technology to the full line of engines and Chrysler will be firmly positioned ahead of Ford, certainly G.M. in both areas it appears.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome! Good to see the synergies of Fiat and Chrysler at work. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like a previous posted said, I'm not so sure we have to wait until 2013 for this tranny. Didn''t they state the dual clutch tranny will make it in the new 200 and Avenger in 2011?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may have to give chrysler products another look see as this new development is quite intriguing..

      Truly lifts chrysler dodge above the ford and GM lineup.

      Hope the DSG makes it into the challenger!!! (nevergonnahappen.com)

      All kidding aside...DSG truly is an advancement in driver performance consistancy.

      Should be fun and I will test drive whatever small cars that chrysler gives that transmission too...


      Maybe that cool little Dodge hornet from years back will come to market??? and have a dsg trans to boot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it can handle up to 350 Nm, so not for hemi
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat barely can build a decent conventional transmission. I can imagine how reliable is this dual-clutch one...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Must agree that the "Fix It Again Tony" reputation for Fiat quality (or lack there of...) may be the biggest selling block for them... I'd wait a long time before putting my money down!!

        While over at Ford, their 6-speed DCT has been in production and running in the Fiesta for some time and on its way into the new 2012 Focus... Leadership!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Robert B, And my supposedly reliable Honda Odyssey is on its 3rd transmission. First one died at 31k miles second one died at 142k and the third one, I won't know because I sold that POS at 165k to some sucker that thought Honda is the holy grail of quality. I'll take a FIAT any day over another Honda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's put it this way:

        Fiat Seicento 1: 140.000 miles: no tranny problems
        Fiat Seicento 2: 60.000 miles: no tranny problems
        Fiat barchetta 1: New clutch needed at 100.000 miles, no tranny problems
        Fiat barchetta 2: 90.000 miles: no tranny problems
        Fiat Marea weekend: 180.000 miles, no tranny problems

        The Marea is even still on its' first clutch. Only the barchetta needed a new clutch due to extensive driving in traffic jams.

        Need more proof ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? What particular transmission of theirs are you referring to? I've had Fiat's with manuals and one with a CVT (you know, the one developed in conjunction with Ford of Europe) over the past twenty years with no problems whatsoever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        good joke.. not
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cliches....(shakes head). I have what I consider a primitive (when compared to today's designs) transaxle in my X1/9, which rests in my automobile collection. 263,000 miles and still no issues. I'm sure something a bit more modern will do better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dear lord, that was 30 years ago! Modern Fiats are very reliable cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the next generation Patriot/Caliber uses this gearbox because i really hate the CVT on this cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, I hate CVTs in general. If I want to drive something with a CVT, I'll just get my snowmobile out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Between this and the current Mercedes-based 5-speed automatic (which is a really solid transmission), it seems like Chrysler doesn't have any space on the payroll for their own transmission development.

      Who am I kidding, they've had very little space on the payroll for much drivetrain development for many years now, other than the PentaStar and evolutions of the Hemi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason they are not designing their own transmission is simple. It takes a long time [ god knows the expensive 5 speed auto isn't going to cut it much longer] and a lot of money to develop & design transmissions. Daimler took Chryslers money and left it with nothing which is why all their 2010 products(except Ram) are out dated. 2011 model year obviously changes everything.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In some cases they build units designed by outside suppliers too. Like the 8-speed ZF, not a Chrysler design, but they will build it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler developed it's own 4 and 6 speed autos for fwd vehicles. The CVT used in the Caliber/Compass/Patriot trio is from Jatco, a subsidiary of Nissan, which also supplies Nissan cars. The Mercedes unit is used in the 300 and Charger, maybe the new GC and Durango, I don't know. Someone else hopefully will confirm that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only Daimler treated Chrysler this way. They could have had a mutually beneficial partnership.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's so true! Mercedes wouldn't budge because their technology was only for the Faderland...NAIN NEIN NEIN!
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