Citing future fuel efficiency legislation as the reason why, VW claims to have begun work on a new 10-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Just when you thought the number of transmission gears couldn’t get any higher (Chrysler now has a 9-speed unit, for example), Volkswagen has just revealed that it is currently developing a 10-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It was previously rumored that such a transmission was possible but VW Group head Martin Winterkorn confirmed his company is developing one while speaking at the Vienna Motor Symposium, citing upcoming C02 emissions legislation as the reason.
At the same venue, Winterkorn also admitted that a high-performance diesel engine with a "high pressure injection system" that will work in conjunction with an electric turbocharger was also in the works. Another interesting remark from Winterkorn was his belief that gasoline and diesel engines are capable of being made 15 percent more efficient thanks to "improvements in the combustion process, lightweight design and improved friction levels and thermal management." He also wants to make the public more aware of natural gas engines and that plug-in technology is the best bet for now when it comes to efficiency. A 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox will only help to further maximize efficiency.