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2013 Corvette 8-speed auto gearbox not ready yet - report

 2013 Corvette 8-speed auto gearbox not ready yet - report
2014 Chevrolet Corvette spy photo 18.9.2012 / Automedia

A short-term agreement with Aisin for an 8-speed auto

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) might be sold at first with an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission.

The reason for this is because GM’s own 8-speed auto unit will not be ready upon launch, following its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show. GM wants this to be a short-term agreement with the Japanese transmission supplier until they can fix all the bugs from their in-house developed gearbox.

This eight-speed automatic transmission is compatible with all types of traction, which means that it will probably be installed in models like the Cadillac ATS, XTS and next-generation CTS. In addition, the new Chevrolet Impala and the Buick LaCrosse could also be offered with this type of automatic gearbox.

Source: MotorTrend

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Comments (20)

 eddie eddie
It is good the Japanese are catching up GM in the transmission department. GM had also tried to work out some engine tech with BMW but to no avail.
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November 15, 2012 2:54 pm
 dima23 dima23
in my opinion if GM is to take the next step in sport car development they cannot ignore building a gearbox such as vw's DSG or porsche's PDK. if ferrari are following suit then i think there is merit in spending the money to develop what is probably the best gearbox in the business. being a holden fan i am also biased as whatever goes into the corvette also trickles down into the commodore.
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November 14, 2012 6:51 pm
 jimcbride jimcbride
This is great news. It is long past time to step up the transmission technology on the ‘Vette. MOST modern sports cars come with an automated transmission. Some are not even available with a manual; nor are they available with carburetors, 8-tracks, or steel wheels either, and for good reason. Some owners may not like an ECU controlling their engine, but most car enthusiasts find it truly is superior to mechanical fueling and timing. Similarly, a computer controlled transmission makes the next logical evolutionary step in auto development, particularly for the auto enthusiast.
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November 14, 2012 4:26 pm
 dmanero dmanero
No big surprise, this is just so typical.
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November 14, 2012 2:31 pm
 NYyanks NYyanks
I believe the Corvette should be available with a Manual Transmission only. Automatic transmission for such a sports car is unacceptable in terms of ultimate driving experience and raw performance of the car. I know there is a large market for automatic transmissions here in the United States because of laziness and convenience but come on, enough is enough, if you want a sports car don't buy it with an automatic just to say you have a sports car and boast about it, buy it with a manual and put your personal skill into the car so you can get the full experience.
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November 14, 2012 10:48 am
 IRACERFL1 IRACERFL1
that is going to be a good looking car,
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November 14, 2012 10:34 am