Ricardo Inc. is selected by Moscow-based KATE LLC to partner in the development of a new 7-speed automatic transmission for use in a Lada B/C-segment car in 2012. KATE already has built and tested concept demonstrator units and is preparing a new manufacturing facility in Kaliningrad to support volume production. The FT702 transmission will be an ultra-compact, low-manufacturing-cost unit, offering a large ratio spread and avoiding the need for a torque converter, Ricardo says. The two ...

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