Remember Chrysler’s plans to put a dual-clutch transmission in the 200 and Dodge Avenger? According to The Car Connection, those plans have been put on hold indefinitely. Chrysler won’t introduce a dual-clutch in our market because the company doesn’t think American customers will like the transmission’s driving feel.
Chrysler had planned to use a Fiat-sourced dual-clutch transmission to help improve fuel economy in the 200 and Avenger. However, the company has decided to keep the cars’ traditional six-speed automatic transmission for the 2012 model year. Chrysler didn’t believe the new transmission would satisfy customers.
“The American customer has a certain expectation of what they want out of a transmission,” Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga told us. “We weren’t happy with the drivability of the [dual-clutch] transmission.”
Muniga said that Chrysler is still evaluating both dual-clutch and ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmissions for future vehicles. He said the company won’t put a new transmission into its products until its performance matches customer expectations.
“The customer has to be happy with the refinement of the transmission,” Muniga said, “We’re continuing to work on the [dual-clutch] and the nine-speeds.”
Sources: The Car Connection, Chrysler