AD #1862 – Nissan Takes Over Mitsubishi, GM Details New 10-Speed Transmission, Sales Could Top 20 Million in 2018

May 12th, 2016 at 11:51am

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- Analyst Predicts 20 Million SAAR in 2018
- Nissan Takes Majority Stake in Mitsubishi
- Make Vehicles Lighter by Trimming Off the Edges
- GM Details New 10-Speed Transmission
- Man Drives Toyota Tundra a Million Miles
- Who’s Number One?

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26 Comments to “AD #1862 – Nissan Takes Over Mitsubishi, GM Details New 10-Speed Transmission, Sales Could Top 20 Million in 2018”

  1. pedro fernandez Says:

    The million mile Tundra was mostly all highway miles, my 400k is mostly all city and a few jaunts on the local congested freeways, I have taken a lot more punishment than that fellow. Besides we all know V8′s have a longer life than others, since the motor has less stress than a small displacement one.

  2. lisk Says:

    The whole number one thing has me puzzled, with all the joint ownership of many brands. Even though GM and VW sometimes only own 10-20% of some of their Chinese partners, they claim every unit from these partners as their total. When GM & Toyota had the NUMMI joint venture, did GM claim all the Corollas as well as the Nova/Prizm/Vibes?

  3. Bob Wilson Says:

    Sure could use the GM, Toyota, and VW metrics as a table.

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Bob Wilson – The GM, Toyota and VW sales charts have been added to the script.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like my 2016 Corvette will soon be obsolete, with only an 8-speed transmission.

  6. WineGeek Says:

    I love the 24 hour news cycle. Yesterday you were telling us how sales were softening and production was being curtailed at suppliers and sales would probably drop. Today you have a stock tout from Wall Street telling us production will hit 20 million units in the next couple of years. Which is it? Does anyone really know, probably not.

    Will that new 10 speed transmission make it into the Corvette with that fast shifting?

  7. Barry Rector Says:

    On the new 10 speed transmissions for the GM trucks and SUV’s, do you think there will be an extra change for them? Any thought on how much mileage improvement will be realized?

  8. Drew Says:

    What about other metrics of leadership – revenue, margin, ROI, capacity utilization, and labor efficiency? There are more metrics. The sales metric has some flaws and can be manipulated at the expense of the other metrics.

  9. Earl Says:

    Now that 10 speed transmissions are staring to come out of the Ford/GM joint venture and appear in pick ups how soon will it be before the 9 speed fwd come out ?
    I’m thinking of an Escape or Equinox in the fall of 2017. Have a 2013 Escape with 2.0L and would like a little better gas mileage.

  10. Lex Says:

    What advantages does a 9 or 10 gear transmission have over a CVT transmission? Which has more Torque? Which delivers better fuel economy?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 So far, there don’t seem to be CVT’s that handle the torque and power of large engines. Some ~300 hp V-6′s seem to be the largest engines using CVT’s.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve checked a few places, and it looks like Corvette may not be part of the “first wave” for the 10-speed with GM. That kind of makes sense, because of the need to build the transmission into a transaxle for Corvette, as the only application.

  13. BobD Says:

    Interesting that the article on the GM 10-speed brags about the “quickness” of the shifting. Any automatic transmission can be programmed to shift fast by slamming on the clutch rather than modulating it on gradually/smoothly, it just a matter of how harsh of a shift you want to endure. Also, the more speeds you have, the smaller the ratio step size, so torque managing the shift actually gets easier, allowing shorter slip times and quicker shifts.

    The article also mentions using “ultra-low viscosity transmission fluid”. So is GM going to something beyond Dexron VI?

  14. Michael Bouley Says:

    Who remembers the 2-Speed Ford O Matics and the 2 Speed Power Glides? And the Ford C4 then C6 and the GM Turbo 350 and 400?

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I remember all of them, and the Chrysler PowerFlite, the company’s first real automatic. My parents’ 1955 Dodge had one.

  16. Lex Says:

    I read that Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd will be changing its name to Subaru Corp. to improve it’s corporate image. Well, It is about time! Subaru is the cash cow when you look at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd financials.

    Too Bad, Subaru did not purchase a majority stake in Mitubishi ahead of Nissan. Nissan got a bargain and all that additional manufacturing capacity worldwide.

    I also understand that Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (AKA: Subaru Corp.) makes everything from industrial products to helicopters. I guest Honda and the Honda Jet might have to make room for the Subaru Helicopter in the near future at an airport near you. I wonder if Subaru has humanoid robot in it’s future?

  17. Frank Barrese Says:

    The million mile Tundra still has two million to go before matching Irv Gordon’s three million mile 1966 Volvo P1800 with all original mechanicals. That’s a lot of seat time.

  18. pedro fernandez Says:

    Well, since Toyota traded it with the guy they could tear it apart and see why it lasted so long, one million is all is gonna be able to do. They should put it back together and give it to somone else who will keep on truckin’ with it.

  19. GM Veteran Says:

    Merrill Lynch should not let this analyst talk to the press. Regardless of the factors he cites, with the cost of new vehicles and the financing being stretched to unheard of terms, we won’t see a SAAR north of 18 million. Sales will remain strong for the next several years, but I don’t see them growing past the point they are at now. Used Car sales will remain strong as well, since they provide a good value proposition for income-challenged Americans.

  20. Lex Says:

    I must say I really like the look of the front grill and lower fascia of the new Honda Ridgeline. I must prefer the lower fascia of the Ridgeline to the lower fascia on the new Pilot. I hope Honda might consider adapting the lower fascia / black plastic bumper from the Ridgeline onto the Pilot with one exception. The Pilot would keep the round fog lights and not the square ones of the Ridgeline.

  21. Lex Says:

    When is Subaru going to begin production of the Viziv? I thought that the Viziv would already have a production start date by now. Isn’t it the replacement for the Tribeca? My only suggestion to Subaru is that they make it big enough to compete toe to toe with the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. They should also forget about the sliding doors that are shown on several of the Viziv concepts. The front and rear look great. Subaru can borrow a page out of the Hyundai playbook and make a Viziv and a smaller Viziv Sport similar to the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 The Viziv concept is smaller than a Forester. Wouldn’t it be more of a next generation Crosstrek, or something like that?

  23. Brett Says:

    Ah, but who can forget the magnificent Flash-O-Matic Shift Command on the Ramblers? :)

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I remember Flash-O-Matic. I think it was the Borg Warner unit used by a number of car companies around the world.

  25. rick bradner Says:

    With its unit body and Pilot roots, I’ll be very interested in seeing the crash test results on the Ridgeline vs the competition…

  26. Rob Says:

    #8 I’m with Drew. Largest manufacturer doesn’t mean much anyway. I mean Takata is probably the largest airbag manufacturer right now but they are probably building more for free than they are selling.
    So who really cares if you sell 15 Million cars if you don’t turn a profit?