Volkswagen Developing 10-Speed Transmission To Cut Fuel Consumption


  • 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Picture

    2013 Volkswagen Touareg Picture

    The Volkswagen Touareg may be an appropriate choice to get the automaker's new 10-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. | May 02, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen is developing a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission to cut fuel consumption in its vehicles, the automaker said.
  • The company said it has running prototypes that have "very good shift quality."
  • There was no word on what engines VW plans to partner with this transmission, but they are likely to be larger, more expensive power units.

VIENNA, Austria — Volkswagen is developing a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission to cut fuel consumption in its vehicles, the automaker said.

The company said it has running prototypes that have "very good shift quality."

There was no word on what engines VW plans to partner with this transmission, but they are likely to be larger, more expensive power units. A 10-speed transmission might be appropriate for four-wheel-drive models such as the Volkswagen Touareg.

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, VW member of the board of management in charge of development, made the 10-speed transmission disclosure at the recent VW Golf GTI launch.

He said the need to develop this complex transmission is largely driven by the Europe market and tougher CO2 emissions standards. In addition, the German automaker is facing competition from other automakers, including Ford and General Motors. The Detroit automakers are collaborating on nine- and 10-speed transmissions. Land Rover is also set to introduce a nine-speed automatic transmission in the Range Rover Evoque later this year. The same transmission will be used on the new Jeep Cherokee.

Volkswagen said in a statement that its future drive system technologies will include the development of a high-performance diesel engine, the 10-speed dual-clutch transmission and plug-in hybrids.

Edmunds says: Volkswagen joins a growing list of automakers intent on developing new nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions.

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