Thanks to the worsening traffic conditions in most major cities, the automatic transmission has become the gearbox of choice for most people. Sure, there are still a few who want the control that a manual transmission offers. But overall, it’s the tranny that doesn’t have the third pedal that rules the roost.
And while automatic gearboxes have seen an improvement in terms of performance and fuel economy, the reality is that those equipped with torque converters (which comprises most of what’s out there) do suffer from drawbacks such as power getting lost in transmission, as well as not-so-favorable fuel economy numbers.
There is, however, a new type of transmission that promises the best of both worlds. It’s the Auto Gear Shift that’s being put forward by compact vehicle maker Suzuki Philippines. In a nutshell, AGS promises the convenience of an automatic with the control and fuel efficiency of a manual. How can it do this, you ask?