Volkswagen presents a world-wide technical innovation: the sporty and economical automatic gearbox "DSG". This gearbox with integrated dual clutch will be used for the first time in the Golf R32. In the course of the year 2003, its use will be extended to other production series - primarily in conjunction with high-torque engines. With the new dual-clutch gearbox, Volkswagen continues its powertrain offensive across all classes.
Volkswagen was one of the first manufacturers to offer manual 6-speed gearboxes as optional equipment in the volume segment for certain production series and models. In the luxury class, a new 6-speed automatic for the Touareg V10 TDI will be introduced in mid-September. Early in October, with the New Beetle Cabriolet, Volkswagen became the first manufacturer to offer a transversally installed 6-speed automatic gearbox in the compact class - a configuration long considered impossible. With the DSG, the company now extends this spectrum by a technically completely new type of gearbox.
Volkswagen invested 150 million Euro in the DSG production system;
up to 1,000 units can be produced daily in the gearbox factory in Kassel.
The DSG will be manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Kassel, where 150 million Euro were invested in production. At full capacity, up to 1,000 DSG can be produced per day.
The gearbox has been designed to fulfil the demands of European customers for sporty driving and fuel economy. One significant difference to the familiar automatic gearboxes which are established especially in the USA in all classes: The DSG does not employ a torque converter for a standing start. Nor is the DSG a derivative of the automated manual transmission used in the Lupo 3L TDI. Rather, the DSG engineers took a technically completely new and revolutionary path by harmonising the agility of a manual transmission with the ease of a conventional automatic gearbox.
The DSG is significantly superior to the manual gearbox regarding fuel economy and performance, speed and ease of shifting as well as driving fun.
This new Volkswagen gearbox offers a genuine alternative in particular to those drivers who up to now have preferred manual gearboxes, because the DSG suffers no disadvantage in terms of fuel economy or performance. On the contrary: with identical acceleration and top speed, it shifts as smoothly as the best conventionally built automatic gearboxes; in addition, manual shifting is possible using the Tiptronic function or, in the Golf R32, buttons in the steering wheel. And shifting occurs faster and more "crisply" than possible up to now with either manual or automatic gearboxes, and without interrupting tractive power.
All data and specifications given in this press information apply to the range of models supplied to Germany. Models supplied to other countries may differ from these. For fuel consumption MVEG values according to standard 99/100/EG are given. All information is subject to change or correction.