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Many more car assists mandatory from 2014, courtesy of the EU


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Talk about the speaking clock and the satnavs! :) Seriously though, I expect some 'assists' will be of help to some drivers. For myself, then I'm afraid I'd be soon looking for the main cut off button in order to retain my sanity. :)

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Quickbeam

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If you're on the phone, any more than a narrow tunnel of vision going as far as the end of your nose is all that's required.

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Quickbeam

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I was referring to the known power transfer efficiency of the mechanical Vs the hydraulic drive train.

A boy racer will always get minimum economy for maximum pose value with either type of transmission.

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carver

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Latest figure prove that an Auto box will actually give more MPG than a manual box, and and for some drivers (if not most) they are actually quicker than a manual box.

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passing through

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The thing I really miss on my new vehicle is cruise controll. Although it is a base model with plastic wheel trims, no distracting running/front fog lights. It has, as mentioned earlier equipment now classed as standard for a middle of the road car. These aids give a fuel efficiency near or exceeding the manufacturers figures.

Town and city driving usually gives around the 58mpg, while going on a run can give 70mpg. Which I am well pleased with.

I am hoping when we change in around 18 months that I will go for a semi- auto box and choose model of car but the se. Things have moved on from my last auto box car. A P reg yellow austin allegro 3 semi auto. ;-)

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Grey Goo

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My current Volvo is the first "Auto" I have owned. Having no experience of torque converter automatics I find the Powershift really quite good.The twin clutches change effortlessly but the management system is the real heart of the system as it adapts to your driving style.You can drive as a manual by paddle shifting the stick a well.

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oresome

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My first auto was 1980 and I'd never go back.

My brother had a bubble car that didn't have a reverse gear. It could be awkward getting out sometimes as the only door was at the front.

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Forum Editor

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People who drone on and on about how 'real drivers' eschew automatic transmission as though it's something no good driver would touch with a bargepole make me smile.

Anyone who drives in a big busy city on a daily basis - as I do - knows that automatic transmissions help you to be a better, safer, more considerate driver - one that arrives less stressed than someone who has wrestled with a clutch and gearstick a hundred times in the last hour.

It's a no-brainer - automatic every time for really good drivers. Manual gear-changes are so old-hat.

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lotvic

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I am a little worried that in the photo in the link the only nag the driver would get is to put the seat belt on. She doesn't look to me as if she can see the road over the dashboard.

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carver

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F.E you have to admit that only a few years ago most Auto boxes were to put it mildly not very good, a long time ago I had an old Vauxhall Viscount enter link description here similar to that one.

3 speed auto that couldn't decide which gear it wanted,

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oresome

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Anyone who drives in a big busy city on a daily basis - as I do - knows that automatic transmissions help you to be a better, safer, more considerate driver

Anyone who has automatic transmission and has experienced both may believe this to be the case. I wouldn't know it to be so because I've only ever driven vehicles with a manual gearbox.

I would suggest that drivers with expensive cars tend to be successful types with busy schedules who aren't the best at exhibiting consideration for others. Just as well that many drive automatics..........if they had to wrestle with a gear lever they would get really stressed and take it out on the rest of us.

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