Jeep Delays 2014 Cherokee Because Of 9-Speed Tranny Issues

Despite rosy reports today on the partnership between German transmission company ZF and Chrysler, the unspecified "powertrain" issue impacting the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and delaying its launch is, predominately, an issue of getting the 9-Speed automatic transmission to actually use all nine gears properly according to… » 8/05/13 3:06pm 8/05/13 3:06pm

Land Rovers Will Use A 9-Speed Automatic

The original Land Rover had a 4-speed gearbox from the Rover P3. The upcoming Land Rovers will have a 9-speed automatic they developed together with ZF. It's clever and all, but I'm just wondering where will it end? » 2/27/13 9:33am 2/27/13 9:33am

ZF's latest 9-speed is one hot tranny

Sure, its a first for automatic, front-wheel-drive vehicles, but ZF's just walking in the footsteps of semi-truck transmission builders with its 9-speed gearbox, which will offer all the all-wheel-drive/floor wax/dessert topping flexibility those zed-effing Germans can muster. » 6/10/11 10:45am 6/10/11 10:45am

ZF 9-Speed Transmission Is One Gear Away From Drop Handlebars

This week in Detroit, ZF announced a 9-speed transmission for front-wheel-drive cars, saying the new 'box will enhance performance and fuel economy of cars with transversely-mounted engines. One more ratio and we can stick baseball cards in the spokes. » 1/12/11 10:00am 1/12/11 10:00am

Cheaper! Lighter! ZF's Carbon Fiber MacPherson Strut

This carbon fiber ZF MacPherson strut concept is designed specifically for cheap Euro micro-shitboxes. Sweet. Carbon fiber for the masses! [ZF via Automobile] » 4/09/10 4:00pm 4/09/10 4:00pm

Audi Transmissions: Eight-Speed Is The New Six, Seven

According to InsideLine, Audi's looking to put the 2011 A8's new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission into the rest of its lineup. That may include the entry-level A3 model — even when it's equipped with the 2.0T four-banger. Simplicity, FTL! [InsideLine] » 2/16/10 8:30am 2/16/10 8:30am

Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi Concept ZT

The betting odds say the Mitsubishi Concept ZT shown here at the Tokyo Auto Show this week will be the next Mitsubishi Gallant. And with a high-po 2.2-liter diesel and some new looks, we're guessing Mitsubishi can't be thinking their doing too much wrong with this here concept-cum-prototype. Full press release from… » 10/26/07 9:45am 10/26/07 9:45am

Report: Mercedes Seeks Supplier for Eight-Speed Manumatic

According to German mag Auto Motor und Sport Mercedes is looking toward suppliers to provide a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox rather than build such clockworks in house. The move would give Merc a performance differentiator against Lexus and BMW, who are pursuing fully automatic eightswappers. According to the… » 8/31/07 9:00am 8/31/07 9:00am

Six is for Peasants: ZF Unveils 8-Speed Automatic

When the Bangled 7-series dropped just a few short years ago (2002), one of its high-tech highlights was the world's first 6-speed automatic by transmission maker to the stars, ZF. Shortly after the Bimmer dropped, Jaguar, Audi, Bentley, Land Rover and Ford (in their Australia only RWD Falcon) adopted the smooth and… » 5/03/07 1:30pm 5/03/07 1:30pm

Eight! With Coming ZF Box, BMW Will Match Lexus

The great cog war of the 2010s may involve cars with as many gears as our first Schwinn. But let's not get ahead of ourselves — we're still on eight. Last year, Toyota broke the seven-speed threshold with an eight box for its Lexus models. Now, BMW will soon be offering a new eight-speed automatic transmission —… » 2/05/07 9:56am 2/05/07 9:56am

Four Square: Maserati to Offer Quattroporte in Automatic

There's a lot to love about Maserati's Quattroporte, the snarly V8, the sumo-lizard body shape, the King Henry the XXX interior. But its DuoSelect robotic gearbox, the only one offered up to now, is neither sporty enough nor supple enough to satisfy either end of its range of upper-crust buyers. But, as the company… » 12/08/06 10:23am 12/08/06 10:23am