Hyundai CEO John Krafcik has confirmed that the Korean automaker will supply Chrysler with transmissions for its new Dodge Dart, according to Car and Driver. While the two automakers may seem like odd dance partners, the tie-up makes plenty of sense. Both companies use engines born out of the now-defunct Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance with Mitsubishi. As a result, 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines found in the Dart share more than a few strands of DNA with the same displacement engines found under the hood of vehicles like the Hyundai Sonata. Needless to say, it shouldn't take too much effort to get the Hyundai gearbox and Chrysler engines to play nice.

We say "shouldn't" because according to Car and Driver, the American manufacturer is reportedly having issues getting the transmission properly calibrated to obtain the lofty fuel economy numbers necessary to satiate the powers that be in Washington. Chrysler hasn't confirmed the move as of yet, and Hyundai is keeping its lips sealed on which transmissions are headed to the Dart line. Even so, if Chrysler's engineers are struggling over calibration, chances are it's a six-speed automatic.

So... what about those lofty 40 miles per gallon claims claims Chrysler was bandying about at the Detroit Auto Show? C/D hypothesizes that figure may be reliant on a specific engine and transmission combination, be it turbocharged 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and a dual-clutch gearbox or a 2.0 and a six-speed manual. Curiouser and curiouser.


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        Sportbike
        • 2 Years Ago
        Alfonso T. Alvarez , welcome to Autoblog. If a Hyundai executive farts, Autoblog will run a story on it.
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        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        thats old news
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll wait for the Dart with the 9-speed ZF tranny. :-)
      Prince David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of Chrysler's DSM days with Mitsubishi.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Prince David
        Except Hyundai is a FAR better partner. I'd actually say Mitsubishi made Chryslers reliability worse with their terrible V6s.
      Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Based on the calibration of the transmission for the 2.0 and 2.4 versions being incomplete, and the 40mpg having been certified (which presumably cannot happen until the transmission calibration has been signed-off), this suggests the 40mpg model is the 1.4 T-jet with DCT - the same combination that makes the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta a segment-leader for CO2 emissions in Europe.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd just buy a Hyundai then. Better quality anyway. No fiat to worry about.
        vigorpat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        You sir are a freaking moron.
        TruthHertz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Hyundai has a better reputation for reliability globally than Fiat, so his statement isn't exactly unfounded.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Hyundai does not have a better reputation than FIAT. Hyundais are basically counterfeit junk. I'd steer clear of this transmission and get the 6 speed manual until the ZF transmission comes out.
      Kevin Holden
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, they call them an America Automaker. That is halarious! Owned by Italians, Korean powertrain, and ......... just wow. I don't think that is an American automaker, just a retarded love child of many breeds. Maybe with outsourcing it will be better than what Chrysler and Dodge offer now, a **** load of problems for owners and the worst transmissions in the industry....
        Mike D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        If you think companies using equipment from foreign automakers is a new thing you're pretty ignorant to the facts. Plus, they're using a transmission from Hyundai not the entire drive train. These cars were still primarily (aside from the chassis and one of the transmissions) designed in the US and built in the US.
          TruthHertz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Lets see... Quote: "These cars were still primarily (aside from the chassis and one of the transmissions) designed in the US and built in the US" So the Chassis is Italian, the transmission Korean, the engine part of the "Global Engine Manufacturing Aliance" (Primarily Hyundai and Mitsubishi engineers). So what is left? That's almost the entire car, so how can you say it's primarily designed in the US? The only American component will be the labor.
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        there is no American Auto Maker - ALL brands are products of ever shifting alliances
      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW, to all you haters in the last Dart post that bagged on me for saying that the 2.0L and 2.4L would come with a Hyundai sourced automatic. *middle finger* It's amazing that I know more about the Mopar products than the downrating for no reason Mopar fanboys... Have fun Motards! I used this mystical thing called Google to get my information. You too can master it and rool the iterwebz & B 1337 like me...
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Except this was already shown on Allpar for awhile now. Frankly it's a good move by Chrysler, the transmissions that Hyundai use are solid units.
          omgcool
          • 2 Years Ago
          @frost54661
          That remains to be seen. People are all too quick to jump to the conclusion that Hyundai/Kia are reliable when the newest batch have not yet been proven. We had a 2007 Kia in the family a while back, thing was falling apart at 40,000 miles. Also, the transmission was garbage. It might have been the over-worked 4-cylinder combination, but that transmission was far from a "solid unit." I hope for Chrysler's sake that it does prove acceptable. No question for me, I'd get the manual. If not, wait for the ZF.
        Frank
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        If you are right, simply state that you are. Don't resort to celebrating yourself, it makes you look small. And name calling of groups of people (Motards?) whom you can't possibly know is just small of you.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        The truth really does hurt.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        OK so you had a 2007 Kia....which has nothing to do with the 2011 6 speed automatic that Hyundai-Kia is producing now.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh look at that, at least we know the transmission will last,
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally a chrysler product that will have a transmission that won't fail after 30k miles.
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        Trix, Are you serious? I've owned many Chrysler products of all types, most with high milege, with NEVER and I mean NEVER a transmission failure. As a former drag racer, Chrysler products are known for their superior and indestructable transmissions. Chrysler makes excellent transmissions and people in the know, KNOW. Now you know too.
          John Smith
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          if they are so indestructible then why do Dodge not trust their own transmissions?
          Mike Lister
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          Indestructible like the numerous SRT 4 trannys that pretty much blew up internally
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow all that profit, and yet not enough to develop a decent transmission for their own cars. That seems kinda of pathetic to me. But then again, I've never seen a transmission in a Chrysler that was worth a hoot.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai has proven it`s self to build quality. I think Chrysler has a good transmission with Hyundai as their supplier. I know a relative of mine who bought a Hyundai Santa Fe years later he replaced it with another one. This guy is the type of guy you don`t want to sell a car to. He complains about a slight door hindge squeek, big time! I asked him how he likes his Hyundai? He said its a good car, I was floored. Being a domestic car fan I was really wanting to hear him bitch about Hyundai.
      1guyin10
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of these trolls have a clue where the transmission in their car was made? There is a ZF 9 speed on the way for the Dart, but its about a year away. The needed something to fill in during the meantime and Hyundai had one and the capacity to supply enough for the Dart. Case closed. They will get the calibration worked out. Its a delicate balance between economy and driveability.
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