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15 years of Volkswagen dual clutch gearboxes: DSG heralded the success story of automatic transmission in Europe

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
2018 More than 90 percent equipped with DSG: Tiguan Allspace
  • In 2003 Volkswagen introduced the first automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) in large-scale production in the Golf R32.
  • Volkswagen’s DSG was the breakthrough for automatic transmission in the compact classes
  • To date, more than 26 million Group vehicles with an efficient 6-speed and 7-speed DSG have been produced worldwide.

A drive revolution celebrates its birthday: Exactly 15 years ago, Volkswagen introduced the first dual clutch gearbox (DSG) for large-scale production. Automatic transmission for the modern age. More economical and sporty than any automatic gearbox before, the DSG changed the way gears are shifted, particularly in the compact class, and thus driving itself. Gears were almost always shifted manually before the DSG came along in 2003 and shifted gears faster than any driver could manage manually. To date, more than 26 million drivers of a Volkswagen and the Group models have opted for a dual clutch gearbox.

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