Ford to Develop 8-speed Transmission
Posted 02 June 2011 - 11:01 AM
"Also today, Ford announced plans to add an eight-speed automatic transmission, a move that allows it to keep pace with premium carmakers -- such as BMW, which offers it in the 5 series -- and Detroit rival Chrysler, which will bring such a gearbox to its flagship 300 sedan. Ford did not say which vehicles will get the transmission.
"The company also announced plans to build its next transmission for hybrid vehicles in-house, with production ramping up early next year. The electronic CVT will be built in suburban Detroit."
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:19 PM
2005 Buick Rainier CXL V8, 104K (as yet unnamed)
1999 Nissan Maxima SE Limited, 168K (wife's)
2001 Pontiac Bonneville SLE, 126K (the Cruise Missile; started getting gremlins, plus we outgrew it)
1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD, 111-160K+ (stupid odometer) (sold to make room for the Bonnie)
1995 Dodge Intrepid (wife's; almost everything that could go wrong did; towed away stealthily)
None until we add on again...
Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:38 PM
You can standardize hybrid powertrain/transmissions more easily across vehicles in this way; it's the front/ICE/passenger compartment that can be more easily tailored/changed then. Thinking of that mono-tube Cobra chassis from a few months back...
Posted 02 June 2011 - 06:18 PM
READY AYE READY "ONE NAVY"
1993 Mercury Topaz GS Maroon ext. - Grey 'Mouse Fur' int. (Vulcan and 3A) AKA 'Thunder Topaz' 1999-2010
2011 Ford Fiesta SES Monteray Grey ext. - Black Leather w/ Oatmeal stitching int. (HB and 6A) AKA 'Little Car' 2010 - 2012
2002 Ford Taurus SES Sport Black ext. - Medium Stone 'Mouse Fur' int. AKA 'Ferdinand the Bull ' 2012-2014
Posted 02 June 2011 - 08:21 PM
Hmm... so the $64,000 question is... transverse or longitudinal?
A quick search for Ford transmission at uspto.gov results in a few patents dealing with 8-speed transmissions for 4x4s, such as this one:
This suggests at least one 8-speed transmission will be for longitudinal engines. Ford may or may not have an 8-speed transmission for transverse engines.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:01 PM
Posted 03 June 2011 - 02:18 AM
I would love this in a next-gen D4 Explorer with the 2L Duratec turbo... How does 30+ MPG sound?
My mother has an '05 Explorer and she only gets 15MPG highway and is paying $500/month on a 60 month finance... I'm trying to talk her into a '11 Explorer or a next-gen EUCD2 Fusion.
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 02:08 PM
Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:42 PM
becuase it is cheaper to develop fancy transmissions for the Full-size truck market than it is to strip 1000lbs from a full size truck and lose capability. on the other thand it is cheaper to use lighter materials and reduce some capability from uni-body cars to meet CAFE needs.
espcailly since ford does not have a product for buyers to downsize to, they have to invest in a one size fits all F-150, not a more reasonable stance of XL, L, M, and S pickup trucks. There will be a point where automakers will have no choice but to reduce capability to meet efficiency needs.
Owner of a 2012 Focus SE sport MTX, 2000 Focus SE sport MTX.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 08:13 PM
95% is very impressive for any vehicle that can be ordered with either manual or automatic transmissions!
Case in point is the future Mustang GT transmission mix as our dealership sells 95% of GT's with the manual transmissions.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 08:16 PM
2012 Focus Titanium
2010 Edge Limited
2007 Fusion 2.3l 5 Speed
2008 Mazda Tribute
2006 Mazda 3
2005 Ford Freestyle
2002 Lexus ES300--->blown trans
2002 Buick Regal---->Dex Cool in oil pan, junk
1997 Mazda B4000
1995 Ford Escort
1992 Chevrolet Camaro---->junk
1992 Ford Mustang
1988 Ford Taurus--->my first car!
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:49 AM
It might take a few years to get optimal results from this sensor (I would love to see the physics of the sensor), but it promises much more accurate data than the current calculated/implied engine torque calculations.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:17 AM
Glad to see them developing it in house.....but I think they could get Spinal Tap to introduce it "This one goes to 11!"
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'05 F-350, FX4, PSD, Lariat, CC, DRW
'11 Fusion SEL, I4, 302A, Nav, Remote Start
Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:27 AM