VW halts development of its new advanced DSG transmission amid rising development costs
Darren Moss
21 September 2015

Volkswagen officials have confirmed that development of its much-anticipated 10-speed DSG transmission has been put on hold.

Autocar understands the rising costs of developing the advanced transmission have lead to it being put on ice.

Volkswagen first revealed the 10-speed DSG transmission at the Vienna Symposium in 2013. The event is traditionally a stomping ground for VW Group members to unveil their latest technology.

It was initially thought that the DSG transmission would be used by a wide variety of diesel engines in an effort to drive down CO2 emissions across VW’s fleet. EU targets specify that 95% of new cars must emit no more than 95g/km of CO2 by 2020.

The unit was planned as a successor to the six-speed DSG transmission which features in most of today’s Volkswagen Group range. It was expected to feature as part of the eighth-generation Passat line-up, which was unveiled last year.

The announcement leaves Volkswagen trailing behind Mercedes-Benz in the race to lower CO2 emissions by adopting advanced transmission technology. Mercedes introduced its own nine-speed automatic transmission in 2013, initially on the E-Class. The unit has since been offered on a variety of models including the S-Class and C-Class.

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Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 190 GT DSG
The new Volkswagen Passat is now in its eighth generation

The refocused Passat is targeting a more upmarket audience, but will need to prove itself against established performers like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Class

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21 September 2015
I don't reckon they ever had a 10 speeder, it was only a 4 speed gearbox with hidden software code that blipped the thottle to make it sound like it changed gears from 4-10th. Another case of VW corruption!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

21 September 2015
...could well have hit the buffers group-wide, what with their multi-billion dollar fine and everything.

21 September 2015
Unfortunately, VW's publicity department is rather more productive than their R&D department.

21 September 2015
Any truth in the rumour that 4 of the gears were only used when the vehicle recognised it was undergoing a test procedure?

21 September 2015
They just lessened the choke hold that the emission control garbage had on the poor things.

21 September 2015
Emissions control is garbage eh ? You like breathing poisoned air or something ?

XXXX just went POP.

24 September 2015
Well we now know its nothing to do with 'development costs' dont we!

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Our Verdict

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 190 GT DSG
The new Volkswagen Passat is now in its eighth generation

The refocused Passat is targeting a more upmarket audience, but will need to prove itself against established performers like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Class

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