Honda Recalls New Fit and Vezel Hybrids Due to Dual-Clutch Gearbox

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I think it was round about the time of the Golf 5 GTI when I first experienced the magic of the dual clutch transmission. It seemed like the best way to combine the good feeling you get when making a precise manual change and the relaxed attitude of cruising in an automatic car.
But Volkswagen, the makers of that Golf GTI, were hit hard last year when widespread problems with DSG gearboxes started being reported, especially in really hot countries. It was a huge scandal that placed a financial burned on the German company, so when Honda announced it would offer a seven-speed dual clutch I began to worry.

It seems the same problems reported with dry twin-clutch DSG7 boxes are also experienced by Honda cars. We are not talking about old 2010-2012 models like in VW's case, but brand new Fit and Vezel Hybrids. Both cars are only available in parts of Asia and are fitted with the advanced gear-shifting unit as part of a 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain. 80,000 cars fitted with the transmission will have to have either have software updates or the transmission changed.

To be more precise, 70,929 all-new Fit Hybrids and 10,424 even newer Vezel Hybrids will be inspected. What's cool is that Honda has made its solution much simpler to understand and thus seems to be dealing with the problem far better than Volkswagen.

Special software will inspect the gearbox's change history for dates where it might not have engaged. If such dates exist, they take it out and put a new one in, but if they don't a software update is made.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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