Eight-speed automatic, turbo engines coming to 2014 GM full-size trucks?
Left Lane News
By Nat Shirley
July 25, 2011
The rumor mill also seems to be focused on fuel efficiency, as the latest whisperings are that GM is likely to add eight-speed automatic transmissions and turbocharged engines to its next generation of full-size trucks.
Though there is yet no official word from GM concerning the powertrains for the successors to the long in the tooth GMT900 full-size pickups and SUVs, there is reason to take the recent speculation seriously.
For starters, GM recently announced that it will invest $250 million in a transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio. One of the plant’s main products: a new eight-speed transmission that can be adapted for use in longitudinal-engined, rwd vehicles.
While there is less hard data to support the turbocharging component of the rumor, the General has clearly shown with the turbo engines in the Chevrolet Cruze and Buick Regal that the technology is part of its long term strategy. Additionally, countering rival Ford’s Ecoboost V6, which has been implemented with a fair amount of sales success in the F-150, would seem a logical step to take.
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