2009 Dodge Avenger SE
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