May 1, 2013

Chrysler Investing $20 Million in Ohio Factory for 9-Speed Automatic

Chrysler has announced that it is investing $19.6 million into its Toledo, Ohio, factory to build parts for its new nine-speed automatic transmission.

The new transmission will debut in the new Jeep Cherokee that will also be built at the Toledo factory.  

The factory will only be building the torque converters for the new transmission, and the rest will be built at Chrysler's transmission factory in Indiana.

Production of both the torque converters and new Cherokee will begin in the third quarter of the year. It will also produce torque converters for Chrysler's eight-speed automatics.

After the new Cherokee, the nine-speed automatic will be introduced to the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200.

“The new nine-speed transmission is a critical part of our strategy to meet fuel economy requirements over the next several years and Toledo Machining will play an integral role in bringing this transmission to market,” said Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Chrysler.

Source: Autoblog via

Jeep's have been built at the Toledo factory since the original Willy's Jeep from World War 2

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