Across the pond, manual transmissions are still regarded as the norm in many cases, with automatic gearboxes being pricey, luxurious options. To help counter the consumers’ want for an automatic, but lack of a budget for one, Opel has introduced its Easytronic 3.0 automated manual for four new models.
The transmission first made its debut in Turkey, with an introduction of the Opel Adam. Now, Opel has added it to the Karl, Adam, Corsa and Astra throughout the European market. The gearbox is based on a manual transmission, but an automated gear shifting system helps ease the tediousness in stop-and-go traffic.
Smoother gear shifts and reduced reaction times are highlighted by the brand, and most importantly, a creep mode has been added for slow-moving situations, reducing clutch play.
Opel stated it decided to introduce the gearbox as a response to dense traffic situations, and constant first and second gear shifting, making for an “affordable [and] efficient alternative to a conventional automatic transmission for small or compact cars.”