One of the great parts of attending auto service industry shows is witnessing history in the making as the most innovative, newest products hit the showroom floor.
GM made sure the 2016 ATRA Powertrain Expo followed suit with a revamped schedule for the October 27 – October 30 trade fair held at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
A line of hotly anticipated new and remanufactured products headlined GM’s contributions to the world’s largest gathering of transmission professionals. New transmissions included the 2017 GF9 9-speed (9T50). The 9-speed will soon be carrying the remodeled 2017 Chevy Malibu up mountain passes, across coastal highways and everywhere in suburbia fans of the popular midsize sedan wish to go. Assigned RPO code M3D, the new gearbox lowers the final drive axle ratio from 3.08 to 2.89.
Also showcased were the 2016 and 2017 8-speed RWD transmissions, best known for being mated to Corvettes. Speaking of the all-American sports car, GM launched a remanufactured 8L90 Q4 2015 that fits both trucks and Corvette applications.
A remanufactured version of the 2016 M32 Manual Transmission, which fits 2011–2016 Chevy Cruz also made an appearance. The M32 receives both a tapered bearing and shift tower.
Education was not forgotten, GM rolled out a display highlighting the differences between transmission components—TEHCM 6-speed and TCM/Valve Body 8-speed control modules. TEHCM modules are internal and feature integrated hydraulic and electronic components within a single module.
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As always, the GM booth served as a focal point where ATRA attendees could broaden their knowledge on a variety of transmission service topics, including GM’s eCatalog and the benefits of OE parts and GM’s industry-leading warranties.
With all these highlights, it’s reassuring that not everything that happens in Vegas truly stays in Vegas. Sometimes the best things, like fresh ideas, take a flight out and find a welcoming home at the neighborhood auto service center.