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

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