In case you couldn't already tell, Honda of Concord in Concord, NC is determined to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to Honda news. What's more, we're dedicated to keeping you in the know as well. Sometimes this means sharing information before it's even set in stone.
Most recently, the Honda lovers at Honda of Concord did a bit of digging around and struck automotive gold. We found that company officials are working with the Germany-based ZF Group to introduce a brand-new nine-speed transmission for the future new Honda lineup.
Now, we know what you might be thinking. With so much effort concentrated towards reducing the number of actual gearbox speeds with CVTs (continuously variable transmissions), why on earth would Honda go bigger? But that's just the thing, the automaker wouldn't. As surprising as it sounds, the new nine-speed transmission is actually more compact than any other gearbox currently in use. More specifically, the ZF-made part measures a mere 20.5 inches wide, 16.6 inches tall, and 14.5 inches deep.
In addition to its compact nature, the nine-speed transmission claims to improve fuel economy by anywhere from 10- to 16-percent, can handle up to 354 lb/ft of torque, and is able to support start/stop and hybrid powertrain systems. This means that Honda could introduce the gearbox for virtually any model from the Honda Odyssey to the Honda Pilot.
As Honda of Concord previously alluded to, the automaker has not yet confirmed exact details for when the new part will make its way to production...though we think it will be somewhere around 2014. For more information as it's released, be sure to keep checking our Honda blog and drop by 7650 Bruton Smith Blvd. Concord, NC 28027 to discuss any questions you might have.