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NEW CAR TRANSMISSION ... MORE FUN DRIVING?

 NEW CAR TRANSMISSION ... MORE FUN DRIVING?
 DETROIT, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- An automotive consultant thinks


that new car buyers might be willing, even eager, to switch from conventional automatic transmissions to a new high-performance transmission which is partly manual.
 David Ganoung said that the new transmission would add fun to an everyday commute. He spoke at the 1992 SAE International Congress & Exposition, Feb. 24-28, in Detroit, where nearly 40,000 people are expected to attend.
 To avoid manual transmissions, Ganoung said, a sizable portion of new car buyers pay a premium in initial cost, performance, and fuel economy by opting for automatic transmissions in their domestic cars.
 Ganoung claimed that the vast majority of motorists who are accomplished at driving a manual transmission still shy away from attempting a reasonably quick downshift when they want more power. The new transmission is automated for all downshifts, he said, but upshifting would be manual, with much smoother and easier gearshift and clutch action compared to a conventional manual transmission.
 The new transmission has implications for fuel economy, Ganoung said, because car owners now buy cars with more power than they need to avoid repeated downshifting.
 Although the transmission Ganoung described is a new arrangement of well-proven bits and pieces of different transmission technologies, it exhibits several patented features. For example, the vehicle startup and gearshifting functions are separated into two different clutch components rather than combined in the single clutch used with a conventional manual transmission.
 Automatic and exceptionally responsive power-on downshifting would clearly encourage more use of overdrive and improve fuel economy, Ganoung said, especially if manual upshifting into overdrive was enhanced to the point of being fun for the driver.
 The new transmission would be equally compact as a conventional manual transmission and cost competitive, he said. Six forward gears would likely be practical with a transversely mounted engine.
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