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

Spy Photos: Jaguar XKR with JaguarDrive

Looks like Jaguar's taken its new, stickless shifter kit to the streets. The spy photo establishment picked up a few shots of an XKR sans J-gate shifter and with, ahem, no noticeable vertical protrusion from the console. The obvious conclusion is the JaguarDrive system (shown), introduced in the C-XF concept car… » 5/30/07 6:39am 5/30/07 6:39am

Seven-Speed DSG Manumatic on the Way

If you're addicted to banging off shifts with VW/Audi's DSG box, you'll soon have a new cog to swap. We've already heard Porsche is working on a similar seven-ratio box, but according to the UK's WhatCar? a new seven-speed DSG automanual will arrive this year. VW's new Direct Shift Gearbox, originally the creation of… » 5/21/07 8:55am 5/21/07 8:55am

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