Mercedes wants a partner to develop the dual-clutch 8-speed transmission

Posted on Saturday, 1 September 2007 , 20:09:29 byEmil

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Mercedes wants a partner to develop the dual-clutch 8-speed transmission

For the next-gen A, B and C-class models, Mercedes plans to outsource the transmissions production and wants to develop a dual-clutch 8-speed transmission. Mercedes`s hope is the 8-speed manumatic will give it the desired edge outclass the fully-automatic 8-speed transmissions that Lexus and BMW are offering (the launch is scheduled for 2009).

Even if Mercedes hasn’t chosen a supplier yet, everyone expects the transmission to be produced by ZF or Getrag. CEO Dieter Zetsche considers the development of new transmissions as non-core to Mercedes.