We Hear: 2014 Corvette, New Cadillacs to Use Aisin Eight-Speed Auto Before GM’s 8A Arrives
Written by: Motor Trend Staff on November 12 2012 12:00 PM
When Cadillac launched the XTS last May we asked them if their brand new car would get an eight-speed transmission to better compete with the BMW, Lexus and Audi. Their answer? “Just wait.” Well it looks as if the wait may be coming to an end.
Our source, buried deep within General Motors, has said that yes, the General is working on new eight-speed transmissions across their vehicle lineup. Aside from the need for Cadillac to remain competitive with other luxury automakers, eight-speeds will allow for a higher fuel economy average across GM’s fleet. This last part is crucial in light of upcoming tougher Federal mileage standards. The eight-speed units will be both longitudinal (RWD/AWD) and transverse (FWD/AWD). This family of transmission is reportedly all new and not related to GM’s long-serving 6L family. We expect the longitudinal eight-speed will debut at the Detroit auto show in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.
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