DETROIT - The new Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler is certainly turning heads in Detroit, but it's not the only vehicle at the auto show with Toledo ties.
The work of the Toledo Transmission Plant is a big part of the GM displays at The North American International Auto Show. Toledo-built transmissions are in everything from high performance vehicles to the more practical rides.
One of the show-stoppers with Toledo ties.Is the all new Corvette ZR1. GM calls it the most capable Corvette ever made, and it's powered by a Toledo-built 8-speed transmission. Mark Kieliszewski is an Assistant Chief Engineer for GM,"The ZR1 has 755 horsepower, with a V8 engine that is supercharged. It's maximum speed is 212 miles per hour. How quickly can it go from 0-60? That is not fully advertised yet, but it will do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds."
The other cars, trucks and SUVs with Toledo transmissions include the Chevy Camaro, the Chevy Silverado, GMC Yukon, the Chevy Cruze and Malibu, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac Escalade, "Toledo has a footprint in a lot of GM vehicles. To see that all from one plant is something to be proud of. The men and women who build the transmissions are an integral part of what makes GM successful."
In addition to the ZR1, another performance car also powered by a Toledo transmission is the Cadillac CTS-V. Jordan Lee is a Chief Engineer for the automaker,"The top speed of the CTS-V is over 200 miles per hour, and it goes from 0-60 in about the 3 second range. It is very,very fast."
Along with increased performance,the 8-speed also helps deliver better fuel economy, "The 8-speed gives us a lot of ratios, which allows us to run the engine in the sweet spot. The 8-speed offers better fuel economy for that reason."
In addition to the 8-speed transmission, the Toledo plant also builds 6 speed transmissions. Lee says having one plant with such a large product portfolio is good for the workforce the company and the city of Toledo, "Our build technicians in Toledo are meticulous in what they do. The Toledo workforce is dedicated, and they consistently turn out a very high quality product. So when market trends or economic conditions change, having that product diversity and a workforce that is highly skilled is definitely a big advantage." The hope is that the advantage at the Toledo Transmission Plant will continue to fuel the local economy for years to come.