General Motors has announced plans to introduce its new 10-speed automatic transmission in eight models by 2018.
Developed in collaboration with Ford, the new 10-speed auto was first announced in 2013, alongside confirmation of plans for a nine-speed auto.
Last week, Chevrolet became the first GM brand to debut the new 10-speed shifter with the unveiling of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 powerhouse.
This week, GM global product chief Mark Reuss revealed that it will equip eight more models with the new 10-speed auto by the end of 2018.
Reuss announced the goal during a media event in Nevada, although he did not specify which models would receive the new transmission.
The company has previously confirmed, however, that the 10-speed auto would be developed for use in powerful rear-wheel-drive models.
Along with the Camaro, candidates for the new 10-speed auto include the regular Chevrolet Camaro models, the Cadillac ATS and CTS ranges, and a number of of GM SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Tahoe.
While the new transmission is set to move into several model lines, GM’s current in-house eight-speed automatic won’t be culled.
With the end of Australian car manufacturing fast-approaching, Holden is likely to introduce several new front-wheel-drive models, which would make the new nine-speed auto a potential starter for Australia.
Local GM arm Holden is expected to introduce a rear-drive V8 hero in the future, however, and we would likely see the new 10-speed auto show up in that model.