Ford developing 3-cylinder engine, 8-speed transmission

Ford Developing 3-Cylinder Engine & 8-Speed Transmission DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said today it is developing its smallest engine ever: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant with EcoBoost technology. Ford says the engine will offer output comparable to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder powerplant. Horsepower and torque ratings were not immediately available, but Ford product boss Derrick Kuzak called it a "dynamo" in a company statement. No production timeline was announced, but the engine is expected to make its way into smaller Ford vehicles in the coming years. Ford previewed the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the Start concept shown at the Beijing auto show in 2010, and said it will elaborate on the engine in September at the Frankfurt motor show. Engineers in the United...

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GM & Ford Team Up On New Transmissions

New GM & Ford Transmissions General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company have signed an agreement in which both companies will jointly develop advanced 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, SUVs, crossovers and trucks. These new automatic transmissions, to be built in both front- and rear-wheel drive, will improve auto performance and increase fuel economy. This collaboration enables both Ford & GM to design, develop, and deliver these new transmissions for their cars and trucks faster and at lower cost than if they work separately. This agreement marks the third time in the past 10 years that General Motors and Ford Motor Company have collaborated on transmissions. These efforts have enabled both auto companies together to deliver over 8...

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