PONTIAC, MI â€“ General Motors Corp. says math-based tools allowed it to shave $150 million from the development of its current 6-speed transmission lineup, a launch that began in 2004 and now numbers nine gearboxes. â€śTwo to three (transmissions) in a decade would be a big deal,â€ť says Jim Lanzon, executive director-transmission engineering at GM Powertrain. â€śBut to do 10 in four years or so takes a lot of tools, a lot of know-how and disciplined execution.â€ť The 10th 6-speed arrives next ...
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