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Old 11-03-2020, 05:49 PM   #46
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Norm, what it comes down to is this:

There is no longer just AT/MT (colloquially known to have torque converters vs. clutch/syncros). Times have changed and so must our vocabulary when it comes to transmissions.

We still have clutch-actuated, synchronized-gear fully manual transmissions. We still have hydraulically-operated, fully-automatic transmissions. But we also have clutch-actuated, synchronized-gear fully automated transmissions that can still be manually shifted like a traditional, hydraulically-operated, fully-automatic transmission.

The time has come, in this industry, to make the distinction between MTs, ATs, and AMTs, without regard to their ability to self shift.

(As a sidenote, how would you categorize Hyundai/KIA's new auto-clutched/manually-shifted "manual transmission?" The car controls the clutch actuation, but the driver is still relied upon to shift the gears.)
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