Rumor: Honda Working On A 9 Speed Transmission

The secret to better fuel economy seems to be hidden in the next higher gear…

Automobile Magazine reports that Honda  is currently working on a new nine-speed gearbox developed by ZF and will be a common feature in its products as soon as 2014.

ZF says the transmission; Called the 9HP is surprisingly compact, thanks in part to the fact that it uses planetary gears in place of a traditional design, can be used in both front- or all-wheel drive applications and can handle up to 354 pound-feet of torque improving  a vehicle’s fuel economy with up to 16 percent.

The 9HP is the same transmission set to debut in a host of Chrysler products, including the replacement for the Jeep Liberty.

Story by Autoblog

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