Mercedes to outsource transmission
German magazine Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that Mercedes-Benz intends to go to an outside supplier for some of its future transmission needs. Specifically, it intends to have the transmission for the next generation A, B, and C Class models developed by and sourced from another manufacturer. It also wants an 8 speed dual clutch transmission, and intends to outsource that project, as well.
Both Getrag and ZF are thought to be in the running for the projects.
The move is intended to conserve Mercedes own resources for other purposes. According to the magazine, outsourcing these projects is supported by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes. It is said that Zetsche considers development of transmissions to be a “non-core” function for the company.
Apparently, Mr. Zetsche is be bringing to Mercedes that managerial expertise which was responsible for the extraordinary performance of Chrysler in the automotive market over the last several years.
Source: Automotive News Europe