Chrysler's Marchionne: 2012 Chrysler 300 and Charger V6 Models Get 31 MPG and 8-Speed Auto

Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed more details about the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans. The V6 versions of both sedans will be getting a new eight-speed automatic transmission that will initially be built by ZF in Germany. Chrysler is going to license the technology from ZF and eventually start building the transmissions at its plant in Kokomo, Indiana. The new eight-speed transmissions will give the Pentastar V6 equipped sedans 31 mpg on the highway. The eight-speed transmission is designed specifically for rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Chrysler is also set to begin building a new nine-speed transmission that will be used in its front-wheel-drive models.

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