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Spotlight on Indiana I: Where Transmissions Reign

Two million 8- and 9-speeds assembled and counting

September 9, 2015

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    The Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) marked the 1 millionth TorqueFlite 845RE eight-speed automatic transmission to roll off the assembly line on July 17.

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    An employees dunks an eight-speed transmission into water to test for leaks or porosity in the case at the Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)

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    The TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is available on the 2016 Ram 1500 .

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    Eight-speed transmission housings prepare to move down the assembly line at the Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)

It looks like the nearly $1.8 billion FCA US LLC invested in its Kokomo, Ind., transmission operations has paid off. Just two months after producing the 1 millionth TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, FCA US facilities in Indiana celebrated another milestone—production of the 1 millionth nine-speed automatic—and officially welcomed it into the TorqueFlite transmission family.

The story begins in north central Indiana, where a significant manufacturing investment and an empowered workforce that is dedicated to giving back to the local community has been the secret behind its success. 


FCA US has made six investments in FCA US Kokomo operations since June 2009; bringing the total Company investment to nearly $1.8 billion.

TorqueFlite eight-speed production launched at Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) in September 2012, making it the world’s first eight-speed available outside the luxury market. The facility recently reached 1 million eight-speeds assembled in July.

Currently, the eight-speed transmission is available on the Chrysler 300Dodge ChallengerDodge ChargerDodge DurangoJeep® Grand Cherokee, and Ram 1500. Over their lifetimes, these vehicles are projected to save their owners more than 700 gallons of fuel–an average $2500 savings per customer based on fuel-price forecasts–compared with predecessor transmissions that featured five- or six-speed automatics.

In addition, the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by each vehicle will be reduced by more than six metric tons over each vehicle’s lifetime. To put this into perspective, about one metric ton of CO2 is produced to meet the average energy demand of the typical American household each month.

This story is the first installment in a three-part series about Kokomo, Ind. See the next installment here.