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Automatic transmissions shift unexpectedly to first gear

F-150s, Navigators, Expeditions and Mustangs are affected.

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It interacts with the navigation system in some cool ways.

Mini adds a dual-clutch transmission to the 2018 options sheet outside the U.S.

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America’s pony car is set to get a high-tech gearbox.

Ford's track-ready brute is rumored to get a quick-shifting automatic.

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It would one-up Ford and GM’s 10-speed auto.

More is always better, right?

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Company claims first to second, second to third, and third to fourth are all faster than the German dual-clutch.

Chevy just fired a 10-speed shot across Porsche's bow.

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BMW Blog reports that BMW might be working on a dual-clutch transmission for its front-wheel-drive offerings.

Two Or More Only Make Sense In Big, Heavy Electric Vehicles

ZF's Gerhard Gumpoltsberger says that after lots of math and investigations, it turns out that one speed is plenty in an EV transmission.

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Ford has filed a patent for an 11-speed automatic transmission and has outlined three ways of making it work.

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This guy doesn't let a lack of revere gear in his Nissan Pathfinder keep up from getting around. A system of chains and rollers is a unique but clearly functional solution to the problem.

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Remember when the Jeep Wrangler had a three-speed automatic? That wasn't that long ago – as recent as the 2007 redesign – but Chrysler is keen to leave those days behind on the dusty trail. The current model ushered in a four-speed, then a five-speed, but the latest intel indicates that an eight-speed automatic is in the cards.

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We won't even ask how much torque it'll produce, but we could easily see the number cresting 450 lb-ft.

Audi A3 E-Tron On Sale In Germany; Tesla Names First Female Board Member

Tesla is looking for an architect to help design its proposed Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility. According to the Palo Alto-based job listing, which is titled "Architect - Gigafactory," the applicant must have, among other qualifications, over five years of experience with "high-tech infrastructure and operational facilities (semiconductor, solar, battery, waste water treatment plants, etc.)." The job also includes being away from home quite a bit, as it the listing states, "This full t

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The continuously variable transmission is one of those technologies that seems to make a lot of sense on paper, but in reality, almost always numbs the driving experience. That's one reason why Audi, according to reports, is planning to phase them out.

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German manufacturing company Schaeffler ran its own Step2 electric car in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in Austria. The car is a Volkswagen Golf, stripped of its internal combustion guts and equipped with an electric powertrain supplied by one of Schaeffler's subsidiaries. The thing that makes the Step2 a little different, though, is the inclusion of a two-speed transmission.

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Chrysler Group's TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission could be earning some serious green bragging rights if the company's projections are correct. The recently widely proliferated automatic gearbox, which is now in more than a million vehicles around the world, is poised to save drivers an estimated 700+ million gallons of fuel over the vehicles' lifetimes (an expected cost savings of $2.5 billion). In addition, Chrysler expects a reduction in CO2 emissions by more than six million metric tons.

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Audi came away a big winner at this year's Le Mans competition, but Nissan has at least one thing to celebrate. The Pyrrhic victory apparently presages Nissan giving up on the gas-electric race car for Le Mans 2015.

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Let math improve your MPG

The next time the hypermiler in front of you stops you from catching that next green light, take heart. One day, it won't be the driver's fault. There will be algorithms involved. But you migh still be aggravated for not making that light.

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When Skynet becomes self aware and takes control of all the autonomous cars and The Internet of Things and anything else with a computer, the resistance movement will want to track down guys like YouTube user Dan Mann for lessons in post-apocalyptic living. Mann has a 1979 Chevy C30 dually, and its SM465 manual transmission didn't agree with a herniated disk in his back. So he grabbed a General Motors 4L80E automatic transmission off his brother's truck and fitted it to his truck, jettisoning th

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The brands in the Volkswagen Group have shown that they can develop some of the world's best diesel engines for passenger cars. At the Vienna Motor Symposium taking place May 8 and 9, Audi has an updated one to add to its lineup. It's launching a new version of the 3.0 TDI V6 with better efficiency and more power than the version currently in the US.