ZF 8-speed automatic transmission

ZF CEO Says Nine Speeds Are The 'Natural Limit'

For decades, automatic transmissions had three or four speeds, which were deemed sufficient to provide reasonable acceleration and fuel economy. Then came the five speed automatic, which was standard issue on most cars until just a few years back. Then, the race for more gears in the transmission... read more

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Xtronic CVT, 6th generation  -  for 2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima Gets New, Responsive CVT Technology

As the quest for greater fuel efficiency continues, continuously variable transmissions or 'CVTs' are becoming more popular. Nissan has been touting their benefits for... read more November 29, 2011 by

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Next In Line To Receive ZF 8-Speed Auto

Coming as no surprise, Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SUV is reportedly next in line to receive the smooth shifting--and fuel saving--ZF eight-speed automatic transmission... read more October 5, 2011 by

Zeroshift seamless-shift manual gearbox

Zeroshift Seamless-Shift Gearbox Faster, Cheaper Than Dual Clutch

British company Zeroshift is developing a revolutionary new transmission that promises to offer faster gearshifts than a dual clutch transmission, which is already blistering... read more August 19, 2011 by

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv

Mazda Rejects DSGs, Redefines Automatic Transmissions Instead

Listen to some automakers, and you might think that conventional automatic transmissions are obsolete and inferior—and to be replaced by continuously variable (CVT)... read more August 10, 2011 by

2012 Range Rover Sport

2013 Land Rovers To Get 8-Speed Transmission: Report

Last week we brought you the updates to the 2012 Range Rover Sport and Land Rover LR4, which included a new diesel engine and eight-speed gearbox for Europe, but mainly a... read more July 11, 2011 by

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Lamborghini Killing Manual Transmissions, But Who Cares?

The demise of the manual transmission has been greatly exaggerated for years now, and continues to be, even as carmakers like Porsche tack on a seventh gear and Nissan sells... read more July 8, 2011 by

Audi R8 with possible dual clutch transmission spy shots

Audi R8 With New Dual Clutch Transmission Spy Shots

Since the unveiling of the Audi R8 back in late 2006 the iconic supercar has undergone few major changes apart from the introduction of a V-10 model in addition to the... read more May 13, 2011 by

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6-Liter Range Dropping Six-Speed Manual: Report

Fans and enthusiasts of the conventional manual gearbox have likely lost another round in the battle being waged by automakers to phase out the clutch pedal in more and more... read more April 18, 2011 by

BMW 8-speed transmission

BMW Previews New EfficientDynamics Tech, Including 8-Speed Predictive Transmission

Most of BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies are pretty sleepy numbers: nearly-invisible aerodynamic tweaks, thermal efficiency improvements, electric power-assist systems... read more April 6, 2011 by

2011 BMW M5 spy shots

Next BMW M5 To Be Automatic Only?

Performance cars are all about performance, except when they're not. In the case of luxury-performance sedans like BMW's M5, there are numerous concessions made to comfort... read more February 15, 2011 by

ZF's front-drive 9-speed transmission

ZF Announces 9-Speed Automatic, We Ask When The Madness Stops

How many gears does your car have? Have you ever felt it had too few? Well, say hello to the Matt LeBlanc of transmissions, the ZF nine-speed automatic. Feeling inadequate?... read more January 11, 2011 by

Bentley gearknob

Bentley To Adopt Audi S tronic Dual Clutch Transmission

We already know that Bentley and Audi will share a newly developed 4.0-liter V-8 engine that will debut towards the end of the year in the recently facelifted 2011 Bentley... read more October 12, 2010 by

Ford PowerShift dual clutch transmission

Ford Starts Production Of PowerShift Dual Clutch Transmission, Debuts In New Fiesta

In the never-ending pursuit of efficiency, performance and smooth power delivery, the next step forward for many automakers is the adoption of the dual clutch transmission... read more March 28, 2010 by

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Driving Enthusiasts Of The World, Unite!

You have nothing to lose but an anesthetized driving experience. Long before I even knew how to drive, I knew that I wanted to drive a car with a stick shift. I remember my... read more February 25, 2010 by


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