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    Official: Schaeffler Step2 Asks: To gear or not to gear an electric vehicle?
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    German manufacturing company Schaeffler ran its own Step2 electric car in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in Austria. The car is a Volkswagen Golf, stripped of its internal combustion guts and equipped with an electric powertrain supplied by one of Schaeffler's subsidiaries. The thing that makes the ...

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    Official: Chrysler says its 8-speed transmissions will save 700 million gallons
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    Chrysler Group's TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission could be earning some serious green bragging rights if the company's projections are correct. The recently widely proliferated automatic gearbox, which is now in more than a million vehicles around the world, is poised to save drivers an ...

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    Video: Nissan ZEOD RC finds nothing but trouble at 2014 Le Mans
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    Audi came away a big winner at this year's Le Mans competition, but Nissan has at least one thing to celebrate. The Pyrrhic victory apparently presages Nissan giving up on the gas-electric race car for Le Mans 2015. Before the race this weekend, the prototype ZEOD RC hybrid race car was doing ...

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    Report: Professor uses algorithms to put a hypermiler in your cruise control
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    The next time the hypermiler in front of you stops you from catching that next green light, take heart. One day, it won't be the driver's fault. There will be algorithms involved. But you migh still be aggravated for not making that light. Hermann Koch-Groeber, a professor at Germany's ...

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    FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance'
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    At the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week, FEV showed off what it calls an "innovative" new plug-in hybrid transmission. The reason for that moniker is that the system does away with the need for a torque converter while offering two speeds, which makes it particularly good during launch. If ...

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    Official: Honda Fit, Vezel Hybrids recalled in Japan; US vehicles not affected
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    Honda has announced a good-sized recall of two popular Japanese-market hybrids: the Fit Hybrid and the Vezel Hybrid are both headed back into the garage. The problem this time around lies in the software program that controls the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) that could "cause a delay in ...

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    Read This: Will we see more multi-speed gearboxes in next-gen EVs?
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    When it comes to gearboxes in battery-electric vehicles, the more may be the merrier. That's one theory, and Plug In Cars says that the standard, single-gear EV configuration may eventually go by the wayside as engineers figure out how to better use multi-gear configurations to improve ...

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    Official: Jeep unveils 9-speed transmission for Cherokee
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    More gears equals less fuel use in Chrysler's trademark Jeep Cherokee, as the US automaker will make a nine-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2014 Cherokee. The transmission, the world's first nine-speed automatic transmission for passenger vehicles with a front-wheel-drive layout, ...

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    Official: Mazda will build $286-million Skyactiv transmission plant in Thailand
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    Mazda has some good news for a Thailand auto industry rebounding from floods that crippled production less than three years ago. The automaker will build a 26 billion yen ($286 million) factory in the country's Chonburi Province that will be used strictly to build Mazda's SkyActiv ...

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    Report: Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid
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    Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation ...

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    Report: Chrysler adding 8-speed transmissions this year; 9-speeds are coming
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    When it comes to adding transmission gears to boost fuel economy, Chrysler figures the more the merrier. For now. The U.S. automaker, which is controlled by Italy-based Fiat, will start installing eight-speed transmissions in some of its vehicles by the end of the year, with nine-speed trannies ...

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    Study: Antonov says its multi-speed trans is 10% more efficient than 1-speed in electric vehicles
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    Transmission specialist Antonov reports that exhaustive testing of an electric vehicle equipped with the firm's multi-speed transmission over eight different drive cycles has proven that its multi-speed unit delivers approximately a 10-percent improvement in electric motor efficiency compared to ...

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    Vocis says two-speed electric vehicle transmission will boost battery life
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    UK transmission engineering and control specialist Vocis will show off its electric vehicle-specific, two-speed transmission during the Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2011 at Rockingham Motor Speedway over in the UK. This will be the first public demonstration of the Vocis two-speed trans, which will be ...

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    ZF debuts world's first nine-speed transmission, promises 16% better fuel economy
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    Back in January, ZF Friedrichshafen AG promised a nine-speed transmission, and now the gearbox specialists are ready to deliver some details. ZF claims that the 9HP transmission has been designed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with transversely mounted engines. More importantly for automakers ...

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    GM-SAIC patent filing reveals 7-speed dual-clutch trans for FWD vehicles
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    A patent filing has revealed that General Motors, in partnership with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), is indeed developing a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for front-wheel drive applications. It's rumored that this trans will eventually find its way into The General's ...

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    Ford says 6-speed PowerShift auto trans slashes fuel consumption by 10%
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    Ford says that its six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, which debuted on the 2010 Fiesta, can slash fuel consumption by nearly 10 percent compared to a traditional four-speed slushbox. The improvement in efficiency, according to Ford, is due to the tranny's weight loss and by maximizing ...

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    Next-gen GM 6-speed automatic to boost mileage another 5 percent
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    It's only been a year since General Motors launched its 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission for mid-size and compact cars. When it was introduced, it brought with it a five percent bump in fuel efficiency. The engineers at GM Powertrain are now developing a second-generation variant of the 6T40 ...

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    PSA expands production of transmissions for better fuel efficiency
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    PSA has produced 30 million transmissions at its Valenciennes factory near Calais, France since opening in 1981, and it has just launched an expansion there. While the plant produces four different types of transmissions, the expansion is focused on the two newest designs for the mechanical compact ...

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    Volkswagen now has to decide where to produce diesel and hybrid powertrains
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    Last week, Volkswagen of America announced it would build it's first US factory since it's Pennsylvania factory closed in 1984 in Chattanooga Tennessee. The new plant will build a new mid-sized replacement for the Passat. What CEO Stefan Jacoby didn't announce was where powertrains will come from. ...

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    Ford Focus and C-MAX get to PowerShift in the UK
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    Ford C-MaxA better transmission can help reduce fuel use by improving the efficiency of the transfer of energy from the movement of the engine to the wheels. Whether in dual clutch or continuously variable forms, improved transmissions are one way engineers are bumping up vehicles' MPG numbers. ...

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