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GM and Ford this time working on 9- and 10-speed transmissions

General Motors and Ford have announced a partnership to develop an all-new generation of advanced, 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks -- both in front- and rear-wheel drive variants.

The new agreement will enable both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate, and deliver these new transmissions faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently.

This is the third time in the past decade that GM and Ford have collaborated on transmissions. The alliance started with a 6-speed autobox for the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Traverse, Equinox and others. Ford used it for the Fusion, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.

Further technical details and vehicle applications for these 9- and 10-speed transmissions will be released by each company at the appropriate time before launch.