SOUTHFIELD, MI – Advanced transmissions pay dividends for Chrysler Group LLC as an “efficiency enabler” and a hedge against costlier technologies such as direct injection, the auto maker’s top powertrain engineer says. “A vehicle is no different, conceptually, than your house,” says Bob Lee, vice president-engine and electrified propulsion systems. “You say you want to save fuel. Do you run out and buy a new furnace? You might, but you might look for the cracks in the wall or the windows ...

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