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M3, meet DSG: BMW M3 gets 7-speed double clutch 'box

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BorgWarner adds second dual-clutch transmission plant in Germany

BorgWarner has broken ground for a second manufacturing plant in Arnstadt Germany to build their DualTronic transmission modules. The DualTronic clutch system is the heart of the renowned Volkswagen/Audi DSG gearbox. The clutch system can be used with most conventional manual transmissions to allow them to function as either fully automatic or sequential shift manual transmissions. The system takes advantage of the inherent mechanical efficiency of a conventional manual gearbox but allows two-pe

Update on Ford's aspiration for a dual-clutch transmission

It looks like the dual-clutch preselector transmission is emerging as the leader in automated manuals. Volkswagen's DSG has been around a while and offers fewer compromises than less purpose-built manuals. Ford's champing at the bit to get their own trick DSG-like transmission into production, and it looks like we'll see such a unit drop soon with the PowerShift moniker. Gearbox maker Getrag has several diffe

Volkswagen adds new members to the TSI engine and DSG gearbox families

Volkswagen has added a new version to their range of TSI engines as well as an updated DSG dual clutch gearbox. At the Vienna Motor Symposium they are showing a 122 hp 1.4L TSI that like it's 138 hp and 168 hp siblings uses direct fuel injection and turbocharger. Unlike the two more powerful engines, this new variant has no mechanical supercharger. The 1.4L TSI h

Spy Photos: Porsche 911 again

It hasn't been very long since we last brought you some spy shots of the freshened 911, but when another pic popped up, we felt we had to share. After all, this is our favorite rear-engined sports car. Returning even closer to its roots, the two-beam round headlamps and larger air inlets look very 993 Turbo. The cleaner look should be an improvement that the loyalists will appreciate and the masses will comple

Low-cost dual-clutch tranny, on the way

Dual-clutch transmissions are viewed as an improvement over current automatic and auto-manual transmission technologies. Here in the US, we tend to look at the use of the technology by VW as a performance enhancement, primarily. It is a marriage of the directness of a manual transmission with the ease of use of an automatic, while providing quicker shifting than is humanly possible. BorgWarner, the supplier of the dual cluch technology for VW's DSG transmission, is

Sibling Rivalry in the Autoblog Garage Day 5

2006 Audi A3 2.0T and 2006 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen snags three Fleet World Honours

Fleet World magazine recently awarded automaker Volkswagen three of its Fleet World Honours for 2006: Fleet Manufacturer of the Year, Technology, and Best Diesel Range. The judges had selected VW for Fleet Manufacturer because of its model range and high level of service even with increasing industry costs. The automaker's work in diesel engines and the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) secured its Honour in Technology while its breath and depth of die