Ja­pan’s en­gi­neers vote for Suzuki

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

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.

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