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Automatic or Manual? Automakers Offering Both in a Single Package

Post  Admin on 6/12/2008, 10:50

Situation
1. 9 of 10 American drivers choose automatic transmission
2. 8 of 10 Europeans prefer manual transmission
3. More automakers now offering new type of gearbox
4. It's half automatic, half manual but automakers have different names
5. Another type is dual-clutch transmission; acts like 2 gearboxes in 1
6. 1st clutch operates odd gears, 2nd clutch operates even gears


Significant Points
1. Most types are manuals w/ electronic actuators to shift gears
2. Actuator can also operate built-in clutch
3. Some automatics are built w/ manual overrides for shift-like operation
4. Ferrari has automated manual that analyzes style of driving to make gear changes
5. Automated manuals showing up in supercars as well as small compacts
6. Transmissions have safety features to avoid foolish driver changes


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http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=11484056&subjectID=348990&fsrc=nwl
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Re: Automatic or Manual? Automakers Offering Both in a Single Package

Post  buzhunter on 6/12/2008, 18:58

I can't stand an automatic tranny. I'd much rather have the extra control allowed by a manual.

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Post  Admin on 6/13/2008, 05:35

I don't like them either but you don't always have a choice anymore unless you order it..
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Post  buzhunter on 6/13/2008, 19:24

Crazy how they keep coming up with new crap that we have to learn to work on.

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