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Chrysler Introduces Dual-Clutch Trans in Dodge Avenger, Chrysler Sebring

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2009 Dodge Avenger SE

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In yet another announcement of a cool piece of technology NOT available in North America, Chrysler introduces the addition of its dual-clutch transmission to the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring. Wait, what? Its dual-clutch transmission?

Yup. Chrysler debuted a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, created in partnership with Getrag, over the summer on the Dodge Journey, but only in markets outside of North America. Adding insult to injury, this transmission is paired with Chrysler's 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine in the Avenger and Sebring. And no, North America doesn't get the diesel, either.

"Chrysler's new dual-clutch transmission is the next step in transmission technology, offering consumers improved fuel economy along with smooth shifting," said Frank Klegon, executive vice president of product development at Chrysler LLC. Yeah, Frank, having driven dual-clutch automated manual transmissions in Audi A3s, Porsche 911s, VW Jetta TDIs, and Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliarts, we're well aware of the slick transmission's performance and efficiency benefits. In fact, we're fans.

We'd just like to know why Chrysler's being such a big tease, not to mention withholding engines and transmissions that its North American lineup desperately needs in the face of stiff competition and falling sales. Rather than promises of an eventual electric lineup, how about delivering DSGs and diesels to the dealers, like, now?--Colin Mathews
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  1. Right on, Colin.
    But maybe the Chrysler diesel isn't qualified (EPA!) for North America, and maybe the North American dealers aren't trained or equipped to deal with the diesel and 6-speed just yet. OK, lame arguments. Just trying to help you, Chrysler....
     
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  2. Just goes to show that inovation is still alive and well at Chrysler. Yeah they should bring the diesels here. I know the duel-clutch will be here sooner that later but they should bring the diesels here ASAP.
     
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  3. I had the unfortunate experience to actually spend two days in the East Coast (CT) in a pitiful Avenger Rental.
    What a low-rent POS. WHat REALLY POOR Ergonomics. What a pitiful interior.
    No refinement. A crude, cheap design. Very inferior to the competition, not only the Civics and Accords of the world, but probably the other domestics too.
     
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  4. Right Dave, but anti-_American bias is also still alive and well in the auto press. These guys were educated (no pun intended) in the same universities that have produced the bulk of our mainstream news media. Do I hear "left leaning self haters" from anyone? If this innovation in auto technology were introduced on a Honda these guys would be falling all over themselves to tout it as the best thing since borsh. Yea, the Sebring/Avenger twins come up short, but give Chrysler credit for trying to improve what was forced on them by their German overseers at Daimler. No matter how good the next generation versions of the mid-sized offerings are from Chrysler, they will be panned in the press. No one mentions how off target some new offerings are from Honda and Nissan, ones that are larger and heavier than the ones they replaced and oh yes, less fuel efficient. Upps, guess you missed that one. Keep up the good work Chrysler, you still have fans out there like me.
     
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  5. Simple answer : EPA certification on all fronts. Every drivetrain combo must pass a littany of tests for certification, which takes about 18-24 mo.
     
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  6. The fairy tales about alleged Anti-American bias in the press is 100%, USDA choice BS.
    On gthe contrary, I know a TON of people living in the greater Detroit area who NEVER EVER EVEN CONSIDER EVER buying any IMPORTED car, and instead of looking after their OWN interest and the interest of their FAMILIES, keep purchasing the same excremental, unreliable, poorly designed Chrysler, Ford and GM POS without even giving the competition a TEST DRIVE.
    Discrimination against people commuting in OHIO-MAde Hondas and Toyotas in the Detroit area is legendary, many are not even allowed to PARK these cars in Big 3 lots,
    and never mind that many SO CALLED Domestic cars are POS made in KOREA (as is the "chevy" (LOL!!!) Aveo) and in MEXICO as is the "Ford" Fusion!
     
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  7. Since this is a VW sourced engine and is the one from the last generation Golf.
     
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  8. Ed: Agree with you 100%.
    Bill Burke: You're wrong, on the facts. The Chevy Malibu has gotten rave reviews from "the media"--both buff books and the more general press--because it's actually a GOOD CAR. The US makers have produced excellent pickup trucks, but relatively few really good (read: competitive with Toyota and Honda) small and midsize cars until very, very recently. Case in point: The Sebring/Avenger twins, which score below par on pretty much every criteria going.
    Honda has THE most fuel-efficient lineup in the country, and resisted going into the full-size V8 pickup market. They were slammed for years for just making small cars. So who's laughing now?
     
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  9. In fact, I just parked opposite a brand new gold-silver Checy malibu LT with Leather. No question, the exterior styling is gorgeous.
    Poeple WANT to buy that car, and this is why, if you look at TRANSACTION prices, not just LIST prices, you see that Malibus are really expensive (actual purchase prices) while other Chevys that are even bigger and have more powerful enbgines than the Malibu, such as the best-sellign Impala, are sold for much less than list price. Plus they go by the 10,000s to rental companies.
    The Japanese both made mistakes, but only a few out of every 100 decisions they make. Toyota and Nissan got greedy and built full-size pickups at the worst time, and had to slash procudtion in half. Honda came out with the less than successful Element and the Even Worse Ridgeline, and most Acuras in recent years have been flops, since you can buy an excellent Accord V6, for 5,000 less than the practically identical TL, etc.
    And Honda and TOyota styling in recent years has not been as good as that of VW or even some domestics. But in mid-priced cars, styling is not the No. 1 priority, safety, reliability and fuel efficiency above all are.
     
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  10. Hey Ed and John V, thanks for backin' me up.
    Hey Bill Burke - while I'd hesitate to call myself a thoroughbred automotive journalist, I was educated at the Red-Meat-And-Football-Loving University of Georgia, hardly a bastion of liberalism or self-hate. When America produces a good, truly competitive vehicle, such as the Chevrolet Malibu that Ed rightly praises, I am the first to give congratulations. A buddy of mine bought a Malibu, and I was shocked at the quality of the car, and the way it drove, from tire to roof. I would definitely take a Malibu V-6 over a Camry V-6, and perhaps even over a Honda Accord V-6.
    Also, I rented a Malibu-platform mate in D.C. recently, the Saturn Aura, with the 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed auto. Since the Aura came out before the Malibu, its interior (esp. dash surfaces and textures) was a little disappointing. But what an awesome drivetrain! Praise to GM - the paddle shifters for the six-speed auto are among the best in the industry. Why? They don't force an upshift! You can select any gear you'd like, and that stout V-6 will bounce off the rev limiter until you tap it into the next gear. That's attention to detail, and attention to the driver, the earns my praise any day of the week. See, GM CAN do it right, and increasingly, it is. But this fact alone does not make the Chevy Aveo (thanks Ed) an equal to the Honda Fit or even the Toyota Yaris. GM has yet to do small cars right. And until they do, I'm not going to give compliments that aren't deserved.
    Here's hoping the Volt and Orlando get it right.
     
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