Opel Adds Affordable Easytronic 3.0 Automated Manual Gearbox To Karl, Adam, Corsa and Astra

Coming to support drivers who cannot afford the luxury of a fully automatic transmission, Opel has added the more affordable option of an automated manual gearbox on several models.

Named Easytronic 3.0, the new automated manual transmission is now offered on the Karl, Adam and Corsa family of small cars as well as the new Astra, which was recently crowned the 2016 European Car of the Year.

Opel justifies its decision to add the new gearbox due to numerous hours spent in traffic jams, during which the constant shifting between first and second gears and decoupling would often make drivers wish they spent a little extra on the “luxury of an automatic transmission“. However, this luxury, most of the times, means thousands of euros difference in price between manuals and automatics, and this is where the firm’s newest automated manual comes in.

The gearbox is based on a manual and it comes with an automated gear-shifting system, billed as “affordable [and] efficient alternative to a conventional automatic transmission for small or compact cars“. Compared to the previous automated manual transmissions, the Easytronic 3.0 is said to “impress with smoother gear shifts and reduced reaction times“.

It also offers manual gear shifting, a wide spread of the five gear ratios that reduce engine speeds for pleasant noise levels and it benefits from a “Creep” mode, for slow-speed maneuvers. On top of that, its start/stop function reduces fuel consumption, as Opel claims the new Astra 1.0 ecoFLEX, combined with the Easytronic 3.0, burns just 4.2 lt/100 km (56 mpg US) in the NEDC combined cycle.

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  • EyalN

    automated manual transmission gives better performance then regular automatic transmissions.

    European companies hardly use regular automatic transmissions.

    Abarth 500 in Europe got automated manual transmission

    • emjayay

      And while I haven’t had the pleasure myself, I’ve read at least one pretty horrifying review of a Fiat with one of those boxes. Probably at Jalopnik.

      Americans including even Consumer Reports were pretty horrified by even the dry dual clutch auto that was originally in the 500L for some reason, even though the regular 500 always had a typical torque converter auto. It apparently acts more like an automated manual than the wet dual clutches that are all over the place, at least at Ford and some others, without anyone noticing all that much. Now only the cheap model 500L gets it, and the others get some normal torque converter automatic at a mpg penalty. Not that anyone seems to be buying them. Maybe it’s the dead last reliability ratings.

      But probably the Germans at Opel have made this autostick thing work better. Isn’t this something like the uncomputerized one in Citroen DS 21’s and 23’s?

      I had a 5-speed manual car long after learning to drive on ye olde American three on the tree stick shifts. No problem driving it in San Francisco on the steepest hills. But boy did I get sick of driving around while constantly pushing the left leg to work the clutch and constantly shifting with the right hand. Totally not worth it, and its been automatics ever since for me. So much easier to drink coffee while driving.

      There’s just no reason for driving to have to involve flailing all your hands and feet all the time. It’s not riding a bike.

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