Many affordable cars in the Indian market are now offering Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) options. With the growing popularity of the AMTs in India, the general perception of them is also growing fast. Here are 5 biggest misconceptions about the AMTs that you should know about.
AMT is a new technology and is not yet as developed
Even they are catching up in the market in recent times, AMTs or semi-automatic transmissions have been around for ages now. The technology first came in the 1930s when a device was developed to reduce the clutching and declutching during traffic situations.
Fast forward a few years, AMT technology has now become affordable and widely available. Due to its affordable price tag, manufacturers are incorporating the technology in the affordable cars. The AMT was one of the first forms of an automatic transmissions but has now been developed as a different technology altogether.
AMTs are only used in affordable cars
AMT is available from the cheapest offering in the market, Tata Nano to almost all the sub-10 lakh vehicles in India. There is a common perception that the AMTs are only used in affordable cars. This is not true at all.
Upcoming TaMo RaceMO, which is a sports car will feature AMT. Apart from that many high-end car manufacturers like Ferrari Formula1 cars and then made its way to Ferrari 355 F1. Who would have known that the AMTs will come so far and find its way to the common man’s car?
AMTs are not as good as automatics in traffic
When AMTs were first introduced in the affordable cars in India, many reports suggested that they are terrible to drive in the traffic. The difficulty was to push the accelerator to move the car forward in start-stop traffic and then use the brake pedal to bring it to stop. Automatic vehicles, on the other hand, are easier to drive. You only have to lift the foot off the brake pedal, and the vehicle moves forward. Well, this is not exactly true.
All modern AMT vehicles available in the market at present get the ‘Creep’ feature. The feature mimics the working of automatic transmissions, and the car moves forward as soon as you lift the foot off the brake pedal. Convenient yet cheap, isn’t it?
AMTs and “Sports mode” don’t go together
As mentioned above, AMT has been used in the sports and race cars in the past, and it will also feature in an upcoming sports car. AMT can be termed as boring by enthusiasts, but many modern AMTs feature sports mode. Yes, you read that right. For example, Tata Zest and Tata Nano feature the sports button on the AMT setup. After engaging the sports mode, the revs hold at higher RPMs before shifting the gear. It is all about getting used to the AMTs.
AMTs are not fuel efficient
In a fuel efficiency centric market, automatics have never gained explicit popularity in India. However, AMTs are unique transmissions. They are basically a manual transmission with a system that operates the clutch and also changes the gear. The AMTs are as good fuel efficient as the manual cars.
A recent example being the Maruti DZire that offers equal fuel efficiency with AMT and manual transmission.The automatics transmission to may be upto 30% lower in fuel efficiency than their manual counterparts but AMTs are always at par with their manual counterparts when it comes to fuel efficiency.
Affordable technology, convenient and fuel efficient, the formula that is making AMTs so popular in India in recent times.