Chrysler's double-clutch gearbox delayed
20 October 2008

Chrysler's problems show no sign of abating in the US, where the beleaguered manufacturer has just filed a lawsuit against transmission supplier Getrag.The two companies have been collaborating on the creation of a dual-clutch transmission, sorely needed by Chrysler's US range, and due to be built at a new plant in Indiana.The dispute is over which of the companies is responsible for finding money for tooling. Chrysler says that Getrag "misrepresented its ability... to secure financing to support development" of the new factory.Getrag denies the accusation and is preparing to sue, claiming it had raised the finance to build the plant but that Chrysler had failed to deliver on its funding commitment. In any event, Chrysler's US models won't be getting a twin-clutch transmission any time soon, and both companies will be incurring substantial legal bills.

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It's all about the twisties........

20 October 2008

Just curious - in the land of the slushbox, why the urgency for a twin clutch affair?

20 October 2008

This is what happens when you get a metal-bashing engineering company run by Wall Street hedge funders in the form of Cerberus. They only bought it off Daimler because the wiseguys thought they'd buy it for a song or at least be able to asset strip it. Not so wise now. Chrysler must be burning through cash and in imminent danger of taking down the whole outfit - Cerberus Capital Management in faraway New York City. Typical wiseguy move to start welshing on deals. Getrag have had no problem working with Ford in Europe on DSG boxes and are in partnership with Ford at Cologne, Halewood and in Sweden(Volvo) for full service supply. The sooner Chrysler, or rather Cerberus gets lost the better for the real auto industry.

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