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Ford and ACCC reach settlement, penalty over PowerShift

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Ford and ACCC reach settlement, penalty over PowerShift

Ford and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have agreed on a penalty and settlement over the long-running, widely-noted problems with PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions...

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2018 Renault Megane RS pricing to start around $45,000
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2018 Renault Megane RS pricing to start around $45,000

The hotly-anticipated Renault Megane RS will be priced in the neighbourhood of $45,000 when it arrives in the third quarter of this year, making it more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Renault will bring the car to Australia in 'basic' Sport trim initially, with prices kicking off from around $45,000 in manual guise...


Meet ZF and Porsche's new eight-speed DCT
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Meet ZF and Porsche's new eight-speed DCT

German transmission-maker ZF has revealed more details on its all-new eight-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox developed with Porsche, for rear- and all-wheel-drive applications starting with the new Panamera. The DCT, dubbed a "modular hybrid transmission kit", offers quicker shifts than its predecessor, the potential for greater economy, and future-proofs its applications by better-incorporating electrification...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?

You’ve probably read our previous reports that local sales for the Kia Pro_cee’d GT are being hurt by the fact it is available solely with a six-speed manual transmission. Kia Australia reckons sales of the sporty hatchback could increase markedly, should a dual-clutch automatic gearbox be offered. And lo and behold, such a drivetrain exists...


BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models
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BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models

BMW's strict choice of dual-clutch transmission for non-SUV M models as opposed to regular automatic transmissions may not be a steadfast philosophy, according to one of the performance division's top engineers. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the BMW X6 M in Texas (United States), BMW M division chassis and power train engineer, Brend Barbisch, said the future of transmission choices for its high-performance cars will not necessarily be clear cut based on its predecessors...


2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied
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2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied

The facelifted 2016 Kia Cee'd GT has been spotted during cold weather testing in Europe - and that could mean things will heat up for the locally offered Kia Pro_cee'd GT, particularly in terms of its sales. The updated Kia model is set to see the introduction of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, something that Kia Australia has suggested could prove vital to the success of the manual-only Pro_cee'd GT...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option

The Kia Pro_cee'd GT may soon become more desirable to considerably more car shoppers, as the brand has confirmed plans to add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development for Hyundai Motor Europe (encompassing both Hyundai and Kia brands), told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that a pair of dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) would be rolled out in 2015, and indicated that the Pro_cee’d GT is one of the cars that could receive a new self-shifting 'box...


Renault Megane RS: next-gen manual still uncertain; EV a possibility
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Renault Megane RS: next-gen manual still uncertain; EV a possibility

One of the world's best hot-hatches, the Renault Megane RS, appears likely to drop its manual transmission option in favour of a self-shifting unit in its next generation guise. Comments made in March by Renault Sport Technologies CEO Patrice Ratti suggested the next-generation Renault Megane RS – expected in 2017 – could follow the path of the all-new fourth-generation Clio RS200 (pictured below) in being exclusively offered with an automatic transmission...


Transmissions explained: Manual v Automatic v Dual clutch v CVT v Others
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Transmissions explained: Manual v Automatic v Dual clutch v CVT v Others

To help it get from A to B a car’s engine sucks in air and some fuel, combusting the two to generate rotating motion, which is then transferred to the wheels via a transmission. Not that long ago choosing between transmissions was easy: manual or automatic. Those who prioritised value, fuel economy, performance or driving pleasure went for manuals, while everyone else chose automatics...


Audi R8 V10 Plus Review
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Audi R8 V10 Plus Review

Six years old and the Audi R8 has barely aged a day.


2014 Volvo V40 range to offer dual-clutch transmission
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2014 Volvo V40 range to offer dual-clutch transmission

A dual-clutch transmission will be added to the Volvo V40 line-up in 2014 as the Swedish manufacturer looks to improve the performance and efficiency of its recently released small car. Volvo vehicle line director Hakan Abrahamsson told CarAdvice at the Australian launch of the Volvo V40 that selected variants of the premium hatchback including the entry-level diesel would benefit from a dual-clutch automatic gearbox option from 2014...


Chrysler delays launch of dual-clutch transmission
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Chrysler delays launch of dual-clutch transmission

Chrysler has held back introducing its first ever dual-clutch transmission due to doubts over refinement and whether it would suit US buyers. Chrysler was set to release a dual-clutch auto in the 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. Borrowed from Fiat, the new six-speed dry dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission is currently in use behind various engines in Europe...