This is one thing that all of you already know that in the automotive industry, more gears lead to efficiency. Just check out the latest headlines associated with Honda, which generates a 9-speed automatic transmission that was developed by ZF. Yup… ZF and the big red H Japanese carmaker is having cooperation together to develop new automatic transmission with more gears and they only have one primary goal when they working on this part which is achieving more efficiency than what Honda has achieved.
According to autoevolution.com, the new Honda 9-speed ZF automatic transmission could be used 2014. Sounds familiar? That is because we speak of the same transmission units, which will be presented in the various Chrysler vehicles, and one of them is the successor to the Jeep Liberty. Okay, it tickles our curiosity: which the upcoming Honda’s vehicles which will be equipped with this brand newly developed automatic tranny? Hmmm… it won’t be not-so-worth-the-wait of the next-gen of NSX.
ZF explains that the planetary gear device used instead of the conventional configuration, because Honda wants the 9-speed automatic transmission to be compact although it is a bit complex. The transmission is using a selection 9HP which can handle up to 345 Nm (468 nm) of torque and the layouts are suitable for front- or all-wheel drive. ZF also proudly stated that this newly developed transmission is able to increase efficiency around 10 and 16%.