Volkswagen Axes 10-Speed Transmission Project

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Volkswagen has put the kibosh on its 10-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.

The project developing the new transmission has been ended, according to a report from Automotive News.

“Two months ago, I had the prototype crushed,” Friedrich Eichler, VW’s head of powertrains told the outlet at the Vienna Motor Symposium, where it was first announced in 2013.

The transmission was announced the same year as Ford and Chevrolet announced that they would be working together on a 10-speed transmission that can now be found in the Camaro ZL1.

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With a kind of super overdrive and “finely graduated” steps between third and ninth gears, VW engineers claimed that the transmission could improve speed and efficiency. Keeping the size and the weight of the car down, though, meant that the project was still a tricky one.

According to Eichler, the gearbox reflects the “bigger is better” attitude that defined pre-scandal VW, and that is now changing.

Although the culture is now changing, Eichler wouldn’t say that the project would never come back. “Of course, I saved all the data,” he said.

A version of this story originally appeared on VW Vortex

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Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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