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This Working Lego Gearbox Is As Close As You'll Get To The Real Thing

Letting 1930s GM teach you how a transmission works is great and all, but 1930s technology was limited in that it couldn’t actually show you the internal bits of a transmission in motion. Luckily, humanity has advanced to the point where there is a new solution, for your internal-transmission-workings desires. It’s… » 3/23/15 3:00pm 3/23/15 3:00pm

Was Mercedes' Gearshift Design To Blame In In Fatal Train-Car Accident?

On February 22, a 49-year old woman accidentally drove into the path of an oncoming train. The tragic accident claimed her and five other peoples' lives, and while the exact reason why she drove into the path of the train isn't known, Mercedes-Benz automatic gearshift design is a suspect. Let's see why. » 3/05/15 10:20am 3/05/15 10:20am

The Weirdest Transmissions Ever Made

The manual may be on the way out, but while we have it we're in a bit of a golden age of transmissions. We have efficient continuously-variable transmissions, we have eight- and (nearly) nine-speed automatics, double clutch shifters of all kinds, and we still have one or two gated manuals hanging around. But what's… » 11/01/13 4:00pm 11/01/13 4:00pm

NHTSA grenades Mustang transmission investigation

Earlier this year, after Jalopnik pointed to a tide of transmission complaints from owners of 2011 Ford Mustangs, Ford identified several issues with the car's Chinese-built Getrag MT82 six-speed, and issued a pair of service bulletins. Now, the Feds are done poking around. The verdict? No recall. The transmission's… » 12/21/11 10:30am 12/21/11 10:30am