What is a car transmission?

A transmission is another name for a car’s gearbox, the component that enables the power created by the engine to move the car forward at different speeds.

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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 an automatic transmission?

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

What is a continuously variable transmission?

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic gearbox that can change seamlessly through a range of gears.

What does a car's electronic control unit do?

An Electronic Control Unit (ECU) controls the electrical systems in a car.

What does engine torque mean in a car?

In essence, torque is the pulling power of an engine, the force that’s needed to get a car in motion, and keep it going.

What does rpm mean in a car?

RPM stands for revolutions per minute and is a measure of how fast the engine is spinning.

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