Is There A Case For Automatic Transmissions?

Here's a scary thought for Halloween: between 1980 and 2005 the percentage of cars with a stick shift dropped from 35% to 6%. The rise in gas prices has led to a slight uptick in manual vehicles (7.7% last year), but most cars are still going in the direction of automatic transmissions. You won't be able to get a 2009… » 10/31/08 11:30am 10/31/08 11:30am

Report: BMW to Launch Dual-Clutch Tranny in M3 Sedan

As a leaked dealer memo indicated earlier this year, BMW's set to launch a DSG-style automanual in its new M3. Having seen neither hide nor hair of the new clockworks in Frankfurt, we're moving on to the next report. That is, word from AutoTelegraaf that the new, electromechanical seven-speed — developed with Getrag —… » 9/18/07 8:30am 9/18/07 8:30am

Automotive Killer App? The Zeroshift Automanual

If your idea of nirvana is clutchless gear changes with zero lag up and down the cogway, today may be your birthday. So says UK-based Zeroshift, which claims to have developed an add-on mechanism that replaces a manual tranny's synchromesh. It's called the Zeroshift Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), and the… » 2/09/07 8:55am 2/09/07 8:55am