Automated manual transmission (AMT) has made quite a buzz in the Indian automobile market, with a number of manufacturers adopting the technology. As the name suggests, it is a mechanism that automates manual transmission. Here are some important things you should know about AMT: 1. AMT is not a clutch-less solution. It has a clutch but there is no clutch pedal. 2. It is a low-cost solution that is also convenient, which is why it has been used in race cars such as Ferrari as early as 1986. 3. AMT is a kit that can be added to any manual transmission.
4. The AMT kit can only be factory-fitted. 5. The mechanism has two major parts - a hydraulic system and an electronic control unit. 6. AMT operates on the manual transmission of car in the way a driver would: it engages and disengages the clutch and gears. It also has a sports mode, which enables drivers to move to manual transmission. 7. It is convenient for car manufacturers because it doesn\'t replace the manual transmission, unlike the automatic transmission system, which is entirely different.
8. According to AMT maker Magneti Marelli, 20% of the passenger vehicles sold in India will have AMT by 2020. 9. AMT is more fuel efficient than manual transmission, unlike automatic transmission, which reduces efficiency by up to 10%, in most cases. 10. The cost differential between manual transmission and AMT is Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in India.