Welcome to the final installment of Trans Wars, a three-part miniseries exploring the automatic transmission. So far we’ve compared torque-converter and dual-clutch units, but these two gearboxes aren’t the only ones on the market today. Continue Reading...
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In yesterday’s installment of Trans Wars we explored the benefits and downsides of conventional automatic gearboxes, ones that feature fluid-filled torque converters. This type of transmission has been around for more than 50 years; it works well and has pretty much become the industry standard. Continue Reading...
Join us for a three-part miniseries exploring the ins and outs of automatic transmissions. For the first installment we celebrate heritage by tipping our hats to a great motoring tradition that’s as American as baseball, apple pie and Oldsmobile. This is Trans Wars! Continue Reading...
Raise your hand if you like functional small cars with grossly overpowered engines. Now that all of your primary upper-body appendages are above your heads, use your non-dominant hand to follow the jump and learn about Volkswagen’s latest fun-machine, the 2015 Golf R. Continue Reading...
Performance hatchback enthusiasts brace for impact! The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is locked, loaded and aimed at America. Continue Reading...
It was no secret, it had to happen and now it’s here for you to look at: The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible is out for all to see. Continue Reading...
In the quest to find a new car, there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. Questions about cargo room, technology, options, luxuries and other various elements will come up more than a few times while shopping for a new car. However, from the car driver’s perspective, there are just three… Continue Reading...
Dual-clutch transmissions are becoming increasingly popular offerings by all automakers in the search to save every drop of fuel. But the auto-boxes have another benefit: not only do they shift faster than a traditional slushbox, they easily out-match your best manual-transmission heel-toe efforts. Combine those two qualities and you’ve got a solution that will please… Continue Reading...
British automotive tabloid AutoExpress is reporting that Volkswagen‘s long awaited two-seat sports car has been approved for production. Designers have reportedly stayed true to the Bluesport concept that previewed the car at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The car is expected to weigh in at around 2600 pounds, roughly the same weight as a Mazda… Continue Reading...
Since 99% of us will never actually see a Bugatti Veyron, we’ll have to make do with various substitutes; photographs, sound clips, magazine articles and the like. More incredible than merely seeing one in the flesh is seeing what awesome feats the Veyron can accomplish. Fortunately, a National Geographic doucmentary available on Youtube will let you… Continue Reading...
Volkswagen is recalling 16,000 GTI hatchbacks built between September 2008 and August 2009 over a faulty sensor in the gearbox. The sensor could cause the transmission to think that the oil temperature is too high, causing an abrupt shift into neutral. Obviously, this sort of error could cause a crash, and Volkswagen is looking to… Continue Reading...
MINI’s Future ‘Greener and More Efficient’ With Engine Updates in 2011, Dual-Clutch Transmissions Likely
With the launch of the all-new MINI Countryman at the Geneva Auto Show last week we had an opportunity to sit down with the VP of MINI USA, Jim McDowell and find out more about the brand’s first crossover and what the future holds for the rest of the product range. Starting with the Countryman,… Continue Reading...
With the new A3 due out in 2011 rumors of performance and hybrid versions of the car have already emerged. In the performance category Audi is expected to release an RS3, which will be powered by the same turbocharged five-cylinder currently found in the TT-RS. Output won’t be quite as significant, but expect lots of… Continue Reading...
Used to highlight the potential of the Microsoft SYNC system found in modern FoMoCo vehicles, the Lincoln C Concept is quite obviously a technology concept and not a production concept – even if it is based on Ford’s global small car platform. The futuristic SYNC system in the C Concept allows drivers to interact with… Continue Reading...
Looking a great deal like a YES Roadster or a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo, the BlueSport Concept by Volkswagen is a cute and yet somehow masculine creation. This roadster for the environmentally conscious is powered by a clean diesel TDI engine that makes an impressive 180hp and yet can achieve a rating of 55 mpg! Thanks… Continue Reading...
Chrysler continues to expand the use of its new dual-clutch transmission, offering it in a total of three models – just not in North American. Originally offered in the Dodge Journey in European markets, the transmission will now also be available in the Avenger and Sebring. Designed in partnership with Getrag, the state of the… Continue Reading...