Now that Chrysler's deal to build dual clutch transmissions in a joint venture with Getrag is officially kaput, the company will stick with its existing 6-speed automatic for now. In early 2007, Chrysler announced the deal with Getrag to supply up to 700,000 transmissions a year that could cut fuel consumption by six percent. It was part of a series of powertrain announcements that included the new Phoenix V6 engine family. Getrag was unable to raise the $300 million needed to pay for its tooling and Chrysler filed suit in October. Now that the entire deal has collapsed, Chrysler VP Frank Klegon has told Automotive News that the company will make refinements to its conventional 6-speed automatic while it tries to find an alternative. That alternative will likely have to come from BorgWarner, the other major manufacturer of dual clutch transmissions and supplier of the DSG units to Volkswagen.

[Source: Automotive News (sub. req'd)]

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