Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler will be the first automaker to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission into a domestically-produced automobile when it debuts in the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, including all-wheel drive variants.

The new transmission, introduced and licensed through ZF, will be available on selected models of the Ontario-built 300 and Charger. Initially, the transmission will be mated exclusively to the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that was introduced last year. The company said the new transmission will result in an improvement of nearly 1.0 L/100 km in fuel economy, for an overall eight per cent improvement over last year’s five-speed automatic.

The transmission will initially be purchased through ZF, and will also be produced by Chrysler under license at its transmission facility in Kokomo, Indiana.

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