GM introduced the industry’s first fully automatic transmission, called Hydra-Matic, on the 1940 Oldsmobile. Like many prior GM innovations, it was soon adopted by the entire industry.
“The ultimate driving experience”, proclaimed the brochure on the first automatic transmission developed in-house by Mercedes-Benz back in 1961. Several years of intensive development work went into the four-speed automatic clutch which was premiered in April 1961 as an optional extra for the 220 SEb model of the 111 series. The automatic transmission even featured as standard in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE which was presented in August 1961. This opened a special chapter in the brand’s success story running throug 125 years of the automobile.
Dacia says that the Easy-R gearbox has been fitted with the computer-controlled electromechanical actuators which are performing a surrogate role for the driver. This has two operational modes, Drive (automatic) and Manual (impulse shift), which are pretty obvious what they are doing. Additional details on the first ever automatic transmission offered by Dacia will be announced during the German automotive event.