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Ford says efficiency gains don't justify added cost and weight

Ford and General Motors signed an agreement five years ago to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions as a way to lower costs and achieve higher fuel economy amid tightening federal rules. But now, Ford is saying no thanks to the nine-speed box developed by its crosstown rival.

Transmissions are designed to help move a vehicle with little effort from the engine.

Automatic transmissions can run reliably for tens of thousands of miles without needing any significant service.

Since sports cars can be ruined by a slow shifting transmission, manual transmissions have been the norm for fast cars for a long time.

Modern automatic transmissions are full of sensors so that the computer can easily and accurately monitor things like fluid temperature, fluid level, and the overall pressure inside the transmission.

Without a doubt, the best way to maintain your car is to follow the manufacturer's suggested service schedule, but some people opt not to for various reasons, cost often being one of them– the scheduled maintenance services can certainly be expensive.


It would one-up Ford and GM’s 10-speed auto.

More is always better, right?

Vehicles with a standard (manual) transmission now account for only 1 in 10 new cars manufactured.


Forum post shows transmission in dealer system.

A Mustang web forum offers further evidence to the speculated spread of Ford's 10-speed automatic to the Blue Oval's pony car.


A new study shows that far fewer people are ordering manual gearboxes on leased vehicles, and the drop even more pronounced among men.

The transmission speed sensor measures the RPMs of the shaft of the transmission.

All automatic transmission vehicles have a safety switch in place that only allows them to start if they are in park or neutral gars.

Modern transmissions are much more advanced than they were only a few decades ago, particularly automatic transmission.

Having an engine and transmission that work harmoniously is critical for efficient driving.

The neutral safety switch is a safety device that only allows you to start your engine when the automatic transmission is in either Park or Neutral.

There are a lot of decisions that have to be made when buying a new car.

When it comes to costly parts, the transmission is right up there among the most expensive.

An automatic transmission allows a vehicle engine to operate within a narrow speed range, just like a manual transmission does.

Most of the time we think of a clutch in the context of a manual transmission.


BMW might abandon manual transmission for its M models, and the division could cap power to 600 hp for future vehicles.