Very widespread in North America, cars with automatic transmissions took their time to settle down in the manners in Europe.
But with sales growing steadily in France, auto boxes now have a bright future ahead of them. In 2016: they represented a quarter of new car sales in France.
Easier learning, smoother driving
Thanks to automatic transmissions, learning to drive becomes a much easier task, as young road users do not have to worry about changing gear.
Once the license in your pocket, driving with an automatic transmission also marks the adoption of more flexible driving, gear changes are not exposed to improper handling by the driver.
Fuel consumption: double-edged
The question is often asked: will I save fuel by driving an automatic transmission? Verdict: it depends.
If your journeys are mainly urban, with frequent stops (at a stop sign, a red light etc.) with a moderate speed, you will see your fuel consumption drop. On the other hand, the trend will be reversed on long journeys on expressways.
Slower gearbox wear …
Managed 100% by the on-board computer, shifting into an automatic gearbox greatly improves the length of its service life. Thanks to its optimal gear change, the automatic gearbox protects itself from human hazards (bad press on the clutch, badly engaged gear, etc.) to avoid you going through the garage box as long as possible.
… But more stressed brakes and higher maintenance costs
On the other hand, the absence of an engine brake places more strain on your brake pads, which will wear out a little faster. In addition, the maintenance of an automatic transmission car generally costs a little more.
Lower driving pleasure
Do you like driving sensations, the possibility of managing your engine speed? The pleasure of driving? Unfortunately, this type of feeling is significantly reduced by switching to the automatic transmission.
The automatic gearbox, the future of our cars?
All manufacturers will tell you: in the medium term, you should expect to see the automatic transmission become widespread on production models in France as in the rest of Europe. You might as well anticipate and familiarize yourself with it now, especially as the adaptation is done in a few minutes of driving!
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