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Renault news - Renault reveals 'robotic' gearbox - 2006
Those doomsayers who reckon robots will take over the world will have their paranoia running at full tilt when they hear Renault has stuffed a robot into the gearbox of the Modus.
However, the Quickshift5 robotic gearbox is not going to spear you with a bony metallic finger; it will just help you change gear without the need to bother pressing a clutch pedal.
For £500, the Quickshift5 offers manual or automatic modes and comes attached to the Modus fine 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine to return 62.8mpg.Prices start at £12,200, and the Quickshift5 ‘box can be ordered now.