The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 August 2006

Fourth gear, hang on tight

Japanese transmission manufacturer Jatco predicts that the four-speed automatic will be gone within a decade, replaced by newer technologies.

The continuously-variable transmission, which has theoretically infinite gears, will probably take over at the low end of the market; I'm thinking that performance vehicles will have automatically-shifted manuals similar to the VW Group's DSG.

Still, the four-cog slushbox lasted quite a while in the marketplace: my last three cars have had four-speed automatics. (Gwendolyn's is from Jatco.)

Posted at 2:44 PM to Driver's Seat