Volkswagen developing 10-speed gearbox

30 April, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

Not one to miss out on a niche market, Volkswagen recently announced that the group is working on some new technologies that will assist them in reaching their ultimate goal, which is no doubt, world dominance.

The German automaker said they plan on producing a 10-speed DSG gearbox as well as an advanced diesel engine. They’ll also develop various plug-in hybrid models within the coming months. It’s all part of VW’s aim to reduce its average CO2 emissions to 95g/km by 2020.

Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG made the announcement at the 2013 Vienna Motor Symposium in Austria, and said the group aims to lower its fleet emissions, and boost efficiency across the range. The new 10-speeder is a step in the same direction.

Earlier this year Land Rover unveiled its nine-speed gearbox at the 2013 Geneva auto show. Not long after that, GM and Ford announced they’ve joined forces to create nine-speed and ten-speed transmissions to power their front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive cars respectively.

Back at the ranch, VW claims to have already begun work on their new 10-speed dual-clutch transmission. The plan is that over a period of time, the upgraded technology will trickle down to the rest of Volkswagen AG’s extensive model line-up.

The question on everybody’s lips however remains: are 10 gears one too many?


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