We’re not talking about new stickers, different GPS or infotainment systems or the rather usual/standard borrowed braking system but something far more complicated.
According to the latest announcement from Hyundai, the upcoming 2013 Dodge Dart will be sold with transmissions supplied by the Koreans.
There’s no reason to panic about the situation and checking into the facts about the new gearbox Dodge is using in the Dart is pretty interesting.
Since the new Dodge Dart will be powered by 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter four pot units, they are actually related to an older global consortium for engine building.
Hyundai’s new models such as the Sonata have engines that have been derived from the same origins so sharing a gearbox not only makes sense but is pretty much needed.
It’s needed because Chrysler were hoping to work out the kinks from their nine speed automatic gearbox by the time the 2013 Dodge Dart would hit the market.
Since it will not be ready by then, immediate action was needed. After all, you can’t really sell a car that can’t move can you?
For now, the Hyundai gearboxes are six speed automatic units and use a total of six speeds to go about.
Chrysler and ZF expect to work out the issues of their new nine speed automatic by 2013 and as soon as that happens, the new Dodge Dart will become the car it was originally designed to be.