Even as manufacturers work towards building more efficient engines, it's ultimately the transmission that delivers the engine's power to the wheels and is hence the last and perhaps the most important part of the efficiency enhancement equation. Let us take a quick look at some of the factors driving recent advances in transmission technology.
With our first Transmission.tech Conference in 2017, we aim to invite engineering professionals from the Indian and global automotive industries, and foster open debate and discussion on recent developments in passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle transmission technologies, analyse recent trends in this space and understand future directions.
With new developments in modern transmission, the convenience of an automatic transmission doesn't necessarily have to come at the cost of a drop in fuel economy. With the latest generation of smart automatics, including AMTs that are entirely microprocessor controlled, buyers get the best of both worlds - convenience, as well as improved fuel economy.
Automatic transmissions with a wider spread of ratios (7-9 speeds), and an ECU that can swiftly and seamlessly choose the right ratio, depending on driving conditions and driver requirements, can help get the best performance out of smaller engines that are now being adopted by OEMs.
Demanding consumers now have more choice than ever before - conventional torque converters are still around, of course, but there's also the AMT (automated manual transmission), DCT (dual-clutch transmission) and CVT (continuously variable transmission), all of which have their own unique advantages.
Globally, different kinds of automatic transmissions have steadily eaten into the manual transmission's market share over the last 15 years. In India, the biggest driver of growth in the development of automatic transmission technology has been the AMT, which is cheaper to produce than the torque-converter gearbox, offers most of the convenience of a conventional automatic (though at the expense of some jerkiness and hence relatively poorer drivability in some cases) and doesn't hurt fuel economy.
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