At the ongoing Frankfurt Motor show, sources within Volkswagen have revealed the company has axed development of a 10-speed DSG transmission.

At the ongoing Frankfurt Motor show, sources within Volkswagen have revealed the company has axed development of a 10-speed DSG transmission.

It was at the 2013 Vienna Motor Symposium when VW disclosed plans to work on a new 10-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but now the project has been canceled as they say it's too expensive to develop and also highly complex. According to a source cited by Motoring, Volkswagen decided that "in the end, we had to balance what our priorities were with our transmissions and other things are more important and more urgent."

The announcement comes as a surprise taking into account earlier this year at the Vienna Motor Symposium they actually provided a glimpse of the 10-speed DSG set to be used in transverse and longitudinal applications for FWD and RWD models, respectively. At that point, the company's director of powertrain, Dr Hans-Jakob Neusser, said the DSG is being improved and will get more gears, adding the new 'box would have a short first gear and a simultaneous second gear.

While BMW has ruled out 9- or 10-speed gearboxes, GM and Ford joined forces more than two years ago to work on 9- and 10-speed transmissions while Hyundai said about four years ago they have a 10-speed on the agenda, but we haven't heard anything since then. As for Mercedes-Benz, their 9G-TRONIC has been on offer for quite some time on select models.

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