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Chrysler's eight-speed transmission saving millions of gallons in fuel

10th July 2014

Chrysler Group's eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission is now in more than one million vehicles around the world, and the carmaker has projected that motorists will save a staggering 700 million gallons of fuel over vehicle lifetimes. It's also estimated the transmission will reduce CO2 emissions by more than six million metric tonne

Close ratios between fifth and eighth gear contribute to the green output, and the unit also uses a low-viscosity fluid that doesn't need to be replaced. These features are complemented by software that adapts to driver behaviour, performance, temperature, stability control, and acceleration to optimise gear changes for further fuel savings.

The gearbox's versatility has seen it feature in a wide variety of vehicles sold by the brand in North America, including the rapid Dodge Charger, luxurious Chrysler 300C and robust Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In 2015, TorqueFlite is expected to find its way into further vehicles, and its success could see the automotive group extend its reach to European models. At present, the 300C sold in the UK uses a five-speed automatic gearbox, and the Grand Voyager a six-speed automatic. A larger gearbox for these models would make more sense than in the compact Ypsilon, which uses a five speed-manual version and boasts peak economy of 74.3mpg combined.

Chrysler's motorists already enjoy clean and responsive drive from their models, and even greater advancements to economy would represent welcome savings on running costs.

For more from the manufacturer and to take any of its cars for a test drive, contact the Charles Hurst Chrysler team in Belfast online, by phone or visit us in person.