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2012 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 Models On Order Hold: Report

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If you’re ready to head to your local Dodge dealer to put money down on a 2012 Charger with the V-6 and the eight-speed automatic, you’ll need to wait just a bit longer. According to Allpar, high demand for the eight-speed, ZF-manufactured transmission has caused Chrysler to temporarily halt orders  for Dodge and Chrysler models that use the gearbox. The temporary hold also applies to the 2012 Chrysler 300, which is available with the same V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission as its Dodge Charger cousin.

The order hold is expected to be released in mid-July, and Chrysler is working on plans to produce the eight-speed gearbox in-house. Production is slated to begin in the company’s Kokomo Transmission Plant by 2013, but Chrysler hasn’t committed to a more specific starting date as of yet. If demand for the gearbox remains high, an in-house production date can’t come soon enough.

Chrysler isn’t ZF’s only customer for the eight-speed transmission, which is also used in models produced by Audi and BMW.

[Allpar, via Motor Authority]

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Comments (3)
  1. hopefully this means sales will kick ass for the 2012 model year!

  2. The wife and I are looking to buy a new car next year. I drove a 2011 V-6 fully dressed out 300 in May. We really liked it, it had lots of safety features, handled nice and the mileage was suppose to be 27 on the highway. I think we will be looking at the 2012 300's, when we get serious about shopping for a new car. I have talked to several people with the last body style, with a 3.5 or 3.7, whatever it had, and they said they got into the 30's out on the open road.

  3. cruiser1, that wouldn't surprise me at all with the V6.

    I was amazed at how good Chrysler's cylinder deactivation technology (used on their 5.7 liter and 6.4 liter Hemi V-8s) is; I saw about 20 mpg in the city in a 5.7 liter Hemi Charger, and I wasn't driving to maximize fuel economy.

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