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GM, Ford unite on 10-speed transmission

Deal marks third time in a decade the usual rivals collaborate

6:25 PM, Apr. 15, 2013
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The biggest two of Detroit's Big Three automakers, General Motors and Ford Motor, are joining up for a rare collaboration to develop advanced automatic transmissions.

The rivals have signed an agreement to develop a new generation of transmissions that will have nine and 10 speeds, a leap from today's transmissions that usually don't have more than eight, and usually more like six.

Though working together may sound unusual, GM and Ford say this latest collaboration marks the third time in the past decade that they have hooked up on transmissions. Because of their past work, they say more ...

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