TRANS WARS Episode III: Revenge of the Shift

TRANS WARS Episode III: Revenge of the Shift
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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...

TRANS WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clutches

TRANS WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clutches
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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...

TRANS WARS Episode I: The Phantom Pedal

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TRANS WARS Episode I: The Phantom Pedal
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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...

2015 Honda Vezel a Production Version of Urban SUV Concept

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2015 Honda Vezel a Production Version of Urban SUV Concept
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Honda took the covers off a new production utility vehicle in the Eastern Capital and it’s called the Vezel. It’s a product that promises to blend a variety of vehicular attributes into one right-sized package. Continue Reading...

10 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Audi A3

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10 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Audi A3
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Everyone knows “bigger is better,” especially in America. It’s practically our national slogan; the founding fathers should have included it in the Bill of Rights as the 10.5th Amendment. Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave there may be a compelling case for all things large and in charge,… Continue Reading...

2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG: First Look Video

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The engine wizards at Mercedes AMG went completely bonkers with the new CLA 45 model, pumping out 177-hp per liter of displacement. That means that this turbocharged 2.0L engine is the most powerful four-cylinder engine available on the market. Continue Reading...

2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Sizzles with 355 HP

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2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Sizzles with 355 HP
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It’s said March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It may be late in 2013’s third month but that hasn’t stopped the weather from being cool in New York City. Cranking up the thermostat in the NY Auto Show the folks at Mercedes-Benz just revealed a 355-horsepower compact, the CLA … Continue Reading...

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?
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One of the most illustrious names in German sport sedan history, the BMW M3 will transition away from its naturally aspirated engine roots in the upcoming model meant to bow at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, doing so without a manual transmission. Continue Reading...

Should You Buy a Car With a Dual-Clutch Transmission?

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Should You Buy a Car With a Dual-Clutch Transmission?
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  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...

2013 Dodge Dart Debut Solidifies Fiat’s Ownership of Chrysler

2013 Dodge Dart Debut Solidifies Fiat’s Ownership of Chrysler
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Oh how compact cars have changed…  Chrysler, or Fiat as it were, is taking a march through the elephant graveyard and bringing new life to some old bones. At least that’s what the badge might get you to think. Fiat now owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler, up from their initial 20 percent holding in 2009…. Continue Reading...

Porsche GT3 Rumored to Get Larger 480-HP Engine, PDK Transmission

Porsche GT3 Rumored to Get Larger 480-HP Engine, PDK Transmission
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Porsche is apparently readying some significant changes to its street-legal race car, the GT3. According to a forum member on Rennlist, the next-generation (991) version of the GT3 will adopt a larger engine, a dual-clutch gearbox and several even more significant changes. The poster, who goes by the screen name ‘rosenbergendo’ says he received the… Continue Reading...

Bentley Continental GT May Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

Bentley Continental GT May Get Dual Clutch Gearbox
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Bentley‘s new V8 powered variant of the Continental GT may get an Audi derived dual clutch gearbox. Engineers are apparently looking into solutions that will allow the Conti’s unibody structure to accept the Audi S-tronic transmission, which is sized differently than the ZF automatic used in the W12 car. While the V8 model is expected… Continue Reading...

Alfa Romeo Giulietta and MiTo To Get Dual Clutch

Alfa Romeo Giulietta and MiTo To Get Dual Clutch
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Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta and MiTo hatchbacks will get an all-new, in house dual clutch gearbox, known as the TCT, which will be unveiled at this month’s Paris Auto Show. The TCT gearbox will initially be available with the 1.4L Multiair engine making 168 horsepower, followed by the 2.0L diesel outputting the same amount of power…. Continue Reading...

Nissan Micra Could Get Dual-Clutch Gearbox

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Nissan Micra Could Get Dual-Clutch Gearbox
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The upcoming Nissan Micra could be equipped with a dual-clutch gearbox later in its production cycle. According to a report by AutoExpress, a source inside Nissan parent company Renault has confirmed that a new dual-clutch gearbox currently offered in the Megane could eventually make its way into the Renault Laguna and Clio models. And here’s… Continue Reading...

MINI’s Future ‘Greener and More Efficient’ With Engine Updates in 2011, Dual-Clutch Transmissions Likely

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MINI’s Future ‘Greener and More Efficient’ With Engine Updates in 2011, Dual-Clutch Transmissions Likely
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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...

Report: Patent Filing Reveals Lotus Planning 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission

Report: Patent Filing Reveals Lotus Planning 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
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A filing by Lotus at the U.K. Patent Office has revealed that the British sports car maker is working on a dual-clutch transmission. The quick-shifting unit is reportedly a lighter unit than anything on the market and is a simpler design although you’d never guess it from the details of the patent filing, shown above… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Ferrari Unveils 458 Italia

Frankfurt 2009: Ferrari Unveils 458 Italia
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Ferrari introduced the 458 Italia, the F430 replacement, at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. Appearing on the company’s stand were two models, one in a traditional Rosso Corsa and the other in Giallo Modena Tristrato (pictured above). Using an aluminum chassis and plenty of other light weight metals and materials the 458 Italia weighs an… Continue Reading...

Breaking: Ferrari 458 Italia to Replace F430

Breaking: Ferrari 458 Italia to Replace F430
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Ferrari has just released photos and details of a new model that both succeeds and exceeds the incredible F430. Named the 458 Italia, this new mid-engine exotic is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 that puts out an incredible 570hp at 9000 rpm and 398 ft-lbs of torque at 6000 rpm – 80 percent of which… Continue Reading...

Ford to Bring Dual-Clutch Transmission to North America in 2010

Ford to Bring Dual-Clutch Transmission to North America in 2010
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When Ford showcased the Lincoln C Concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, we commented that we’d love to see a model from the blue oval that used such a dual-clutch transmission. Apparently we will be getting out wish. Ford has just announced that in 2010 it will bring a… Continue Reading...

Lincoln C Concept

Lincoln C Concept
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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...

Chrysler: The Transmission Nazi

Chrysler: The Transmission Nazi
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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...
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