Volkswagen has a very good reason to celebrate today, with its renowned Direct-Shift-Gearbox (DSG) sales passing the 1 million mark
Volkswagen has a very good reason to celebrate today, with its renowned Direct-Shift-Gearbox (DSG) sales passing the 1 million mark. Sales have increased greatly in the recent years, with over 400,000 units sold last year itself. VW’s Kassel plant sees the rise in demand, and currently produces 1,750 units per day.
The first of such dual-clutch transmissions from VW was fitted into the 2003 Golf R32, and today one of every four VW cars produced comes with this efficient system; not forgetting the S-Tronic gearbox in the Audi range and the Ricardo-made seven speed DSG in the Bugatti Veyron.
The DSG system takes its stand from the basic pneumatic clutched boxes, improving it further. With two clutches, the gearbox can have two gears engaged at any one time, one handling the driving of the car, and the other waiting to take over. Such a system allows for exceptionally fast shift times and saves plenty of power and fuel.