Japan’s engineers vote for Suzuki
JAPAN’s Society for the Promotion of the Machine Industry awarded its chairman’s prize to Suzuki’s automatic gearbox.
The society of engineers lauded the gearbox for its refined character and intelligent design
The society annually recognises cutting- edge technological advancements from Japanese corporations, universities and research institutions.
Past winners include the creators of rotary engines and the inventors of a new paint technology that allows for the application of three layers simultaneously.
This year represents the 13th running of the JSPMI Awards.
Suzuki’s redesign of AMT technology is called AGS, or Auto Gear Shift, and it uses a proprietary electro- hydraulic actuator to automatically operate the mechanical clutch and allow the automated up and down- shifting of the five- speed gearbox.
In contrast to a fully automatic gearbox, the AGS system uses the same basic componentry as a manual gearbox, but without a driver- operated clutch.
By sharing components, Suzuki keeps the cost of this autoshifting option low and within the reach of more drivers, while also ensuring that repairs and maintenance remain cost effective. South African buyers can experience this award- winning gearbox in the Celerio 1.0 GL AMT at only R145 700. — WR.
Suzuki’s AGS gearbox is part auto, part manual.