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In a market that not so long ago consisted of two types of transmissions – manual and automatic – it's easy to get lost in what seems like an ever-increasing list of gearbox alternatives: automatic-shifting manuals, manual-shifting automatics, constantly-variable mechanisms, dual-clutches, and so on. With more and more manufacturers – including BMW, Volvo, Fiat and Renault – jumping on the twin-clutch bandwagon, Volkswagen has emerged as the pioneer.