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MAYBE NEXT TIME: Chrysler's 200C was slated to receive a dual-clutch transmission from parent company Fiat, but that's been placed on hold.

Chrysler has halted its deployment of a fashionable dual-clutch transmission because it apparently has bigger issues to deal with…

The Chrysler Group had determined that its 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans would be fitted with a six-speed dry twin-clutch transmission sourced from parent Fiat. However, it recently decided to stick with the current six-speed auto box as the automaker deals with “refinement” issues.


Vince Muniga, a spokesman for Chrysler, said: "We were concerned about the refinement and how the American customers might perceive the transmission."

Muniga said the Fiat dual-clutch would probably be offered in “other future products”.

He also added that Chrysler’s decision to delay the introduction of this transmission would not interfere with the company’s existing joint venture with transmission specialist ZF to produce a nine-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

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