Volkswagen Group Sold Over 3.5 Million DSG Gearboxes

Volkswagen’s Double Shift Gearbox has proven a true success story for the carmaker on the global market. A total of 3.4 million units have been produced at the Kassel Plant alone for the group’s brands, such as Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen. That figure combines with the 150,000 examples that were built at the Chinese Dalian plant for a grand global production total of over 3.5 million.

The DSG gearbox was created to combine the convenience of an automatic transmission with the efficiency and dynamic performance of a manual gearbox. “The Volkswagen DSG has become an automatic transmission sensation, bringing together top levels of shifting convenience, fuel economy and sports appeal,” according to Volkswagen.

Back in 2003, the fist ever production dual-clutch gearbox was introduced in the form of the Volkswagen 6-speed DSG, which was initially used in the Golf R32 and the Audi TT.

While initially developed for sportier applications, the DSG now offers maximum convenience, fuel economy and driving fun across all of Volkswagen’s model series. That is because, since 2008, the 7-speed DSG has also been available for smaller displacement engines with up to 125 kW in power and 250 Nm in torque.

A new chapter in the DSG saga started in 2009, when Volkswagen introduced the DQ500, another addition to the DSG lineup, which makes the automatic transmission accessible to customers of larger vehicles and engines (up to 500 Nm engine torque), such as the Audi TT RS. “So, the DSG from Volkswagen is reducing fuel consumption and emissions in higher vehicle classes as well, while generating more sports appeal in driving,” VW said.
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