Eichler told the industry publication, "Two months ago, I had the prototype crushed".
He noted the project was given the go-ahead during Volkswagen's "bigger is better" engineering era. Eichler did leave open the option of the project being revived at some later date, stating, "Of course, I saved all the data".
The 10-speed DSG unit was first announced at the 2014 Vienna Motor Symposium. Originally slated to handle torque outputs up to 550Nm, the 10-speed transmission was designed to work with both longitudinal and transverse engines.
Reports elsewhere suggest the project was cancelled due to problems related to the transmission's complexity and cost.