Volkswagen/Skoda/Seat DSG: What do its letters stand for, name mean?

The DSG transmission is available almost every Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat model, but what does its name mean and what do the letters stand for?


DSG is an initialism for Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe, which handily translates into English as Direct Shift Gearbox.

It’s the marketing name for the automaker’s dual-clutch automated transmission, and has largely replaced traditional torque converter automatics throughout its range.

The DSG name is used for the mainstream Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat brands. Dual-clutch transmissions are marketed by Audi as S-Tronic, and Porsche as PDK.




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Volkswagen/Skoda/Seat DSG: What do its letters stand for, name mean?