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10 Speeds, 11% Mileage Gain for F-150

2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5-liter EcoBoost to get 20 mpg.

by on Oct.06, 2016

Ford's new 10-speed transmission is likely to be very appealing to new truck buyers.

Ford Motor Co.’s costly program to develop the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission is beginning to pay off, especially for shoppers looking to buy the maker’s 2017 F-150 pickup.

Ford says the gearbox will help it yield an 11% increase in mileage on four-wheel-drive models using Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 turbo engine. The 2017 F-150 package will yield an average 20 miles per gallon in the EPA’s Combined cycle, up from 18 mpg with the 2016 pickup.

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The new 10-speed was jointly developed by Ford and General Motors and the transmission will eventually be added to a wide variety of different products in each of their line-ups. GM’s first application will come with next year’s launch of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. (more…)

Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic

How many gears are too many?

by on Apr.13, 2015

Cheryl Simpson, an employee at Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant, builds a six-speed transmission. Ford filed a patent for an 11-speed transmission.

You can never be too thin, too rich…or have too many gears, it seems.

Even as it moves ahead on a joint venture developing a 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford has been granted a patent for a new design that would use 11 gears.

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That might come as a shock to older motorists who remember the long-running debate over the need to upgrade to four- or five-speed gearboxes. But carmakers are racing to add ever more gears to their transmissions as they struggle to meet tough new fuel economy and emissions standards. (more…)

In Gear: VW Creates 10-speed DSG Transmission

What’s next? An 11-speed?

by on Nov.12, 2014

The seventh-generation Golf could be a prime candidate for VW's new 10-speed transmission.

Volkswagen was the first automaker to put a dual-clutch gearbox into production and with the technology becoming increasingly commonplace, the German maker hopes to jump back into the lead with the debut of a new 10-speed transmission.

VW unveiled the new 10-speed DSG at a preview of an array of new, high-efficiency powertrain technologies, part of its so-called “Think Blue” program. Its stated goal is to become the world’s most sustainable automaker by 2018.

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There are three parts to the Think Blue project, according to VW, “Developing efficient products and technologies, actively involving people to promote environmental awareness and supporting environmentally relevant and initiatives globally.” (more…)