In order to offer its owners improved power transfer and fuel efficiency, Chrysler Group had plans to launch a 6-speed dual clutch transmission on its 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans. The automaker has recently made the decision to hold off on releasing the vehicles for fine tuning.
“We were concerned about the refinement and how the American customers might perceive the transmission,” said Vince Muniga, a spokesman for Chrysler. The dry transmissions are currently made by Fiat SpA, and are only being used in Europe at this time.
This is the second time that Chrysler has attempted to add dual-clutch transmissions to its powertrains, the first being a business move gone bad with Getrag Corp, after a $530 million investment was made.
Chrysler still intends on moving forward with nine-speed automatics for its front-wheel drive vehicles.
– By: Alexandra Koken
Source: Automotive News