What is a paddleshift in a car?

Using paddleshift is a nifty way that drivers of automatic cars can manually select gears using paddles placed behind the steering wheel. In most cases, the paddle on the left is used to change down a gear, while the one on the right is used to change up (but check your handbook to be sure).

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What is an automatic transmission?

Automatic transmission changes gears as the vehicle moves, without the driver having to do anything themselves.

What is a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and how does it work?

A dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is a type of gearbox that uses two separate clutches and sets of gears, with one set for odd gears and another for the even ones. 

What is a car transmission?

A transmission is another name for a car’s gearbox.

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