Manumatic refers to an automatic transmission that allows convenient driver control of gear selection. For most of automotive history, automatic transmissions already allowed some control of gear selection using the console or column shifter, usually to limit the transmission from shifting beyond a certain gear (allowing engine braking on downhills) and/or locking out the use of overdrive gears when towing. Manumatics enhanced such features by providing either steering wheel mounted paddle shifters or a modified shift lever, allowing the driver to enter a “manual mode” and select any available gear, usually in a sequential “upshift/downshift” manner. Different car manufacturers use a variety of labels for their manumatic transmissions, such as ‘Tiptronic’, ‘Geartronic’, ‘Touchshift’, ‘Sportronic’, ‘clutchless-manual’ and others.

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