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Car Tech A to Z: J is for J-Gate

The letter J in our A to Z of car tech series looks at the infamous J-Gate automatic transmission

The technology contained within the modern motor car can be both fascinating and slightly baffling. Most such technology exists to make our cars safer, more efficient and just better than ever to drive but some of it can be quite confusing for the average motorist. In this A to Z series we will attempt to unravel the mystery of technology that is the modern motor car. This week, we’re visiting the letter J…

J is for…J-Gate. Jaguar first introduced the so-called J-Gate automatic transmission on the XJ40 in 1986. It enabled the driver to select and hold on to individual gears as well as simply select D, or full auto mode.

Much loved by old school Jaguar fans, the J-Gate design was eventually dropped in favour of a rotary dial and steering wheel mounted paddles when production of the S-Type ended in 2007.

Next, the letter K…

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