Automatic Versus Manual Transmission for Commercial Vehicles
Daihatsu introduced the new GranMax with a four-speed automatic transmission in two 1.5-litre variants.
The All-New Daihatsu Gran Max Auto
Nowadays, passenger cars and even commercial vehicles fitted with automatic transmissions are preferred by many motorists and business owners.
Automatic transmissions give comfort and convenience, and thanks to rapid advances in technology, also provide very good fuel economy that could be on par with manual transmissions. However, the age-old dispute over which type of transmission is better continues to persist despite automatic transmissions gaining increasing market share and popularity, especially in the vocational truck and panel van segments.
Here, Daihatsu would dispel some myths and look at the advantages of automatic transmissions in light commercial vehicles.
Many people say automatic transmissions are less fuel economical compared with manual transmissions - myth or fact?
This is a crucial consideration for business operators as fuel costs have a direct impact on profits. It is well known that getting better mileage largely depends on variables such as a driver’s experience and driving behaviour, road and traffic conditions, and cargo management. Also, new automotive engineering technologies have resulted in better fuel efficiency for automatic transmissions in recent years. As such, using a manual transmission might not necessarily result in better fuel economy.
Driving performance and comfort
Automatic transmissions provide flexible manoeuvrability with smooth, stress-free gear shifts as well as better traction or control on the road. Flexible manoeuvrability is important for drivers in urban and tight, confined cities as they could drive in a fuel efficient and less stressful manner, without the hassle of constant manual gear shifts in congested city traffic. When the vehicle is heavily loaded with goods, automatic transmissions provide better traction or control as the vehicle is less prone to the danger of rollbacks on hills. Thus, entrepreneurs prefer commercial vehicles with automatic transmissions such as the Daihatsu Gran Max panel van.
Automatic transmissions also result in increased productivity and improved safety for drivers who spend long hours on the road, as they no longer need to focus and spend energy on manually shifting gears. Driving from one place to another is safer and takes less effort, and drivers could focus on getting more work done; a win-win situation for both employers and employees.
Cost of vehicle and maintenance
Vehicles with manual transmissions are cheaper to buy and service as they are less complex compared with automatic transmissions. The lower purchase and servicing costs are important to business owners, especially those who operate commercial vehicle fleets. However, when taking into account all the advantages of using automatic transmissions, the slight difference in the initial purchase and servicing costs do not look so attractive in the long term.
Manual transmissions no longer deliver as much financial savings as expected, due to improvements in automatic transmission technology.
After putting aside the initial price factor and considering the driver's comfort and safety, which would in turn deliver higher productivity and efficiency in the long run, a commercial vehicle with automatic transmission looks more sensible. After all, a happy driver operates a vehicle better and should help to maximise vehicle uptime. Many companies now are shifting towards commercial vehicle fleets with automatic transmissions, especially for light and medium-duty operations.
The Daihatsu Gran Max comes in two 1.5-litre variants, namely the panel van and pick-up with at least 17 customisable body applications. The automatic transmission is currently available for the panel and semi-panel van variants, and prices start from as low as RM69,888. All Daihatsu Gran Max variants come with a three years/100,000km (whichever is first) warranty.
Daihatsu (Malaysia) has 25 showrooms around the country.
许多人都说，与手排车相比，自排车比较耗油 - 是“神话”还是事实？
大发Gran Max推出两种车型—厢式车型和皮卡，配备1.5升引擎，可选择的量身定制车身至少有17种。其厢式和半厢式自排版货车的上路价为69，888 令吉。所有的大发Gran Max提供3年/100，000公里保修（视何者为先）。