Originally Posted by LarThaL
In what way is the DCT not an automatic. The internal mechanism may be different from older generation automatics, but is it not capable of shifting gears automatically i.e. without direct driver action?
You can argue that DCT is closer to a manual transmission MECHANICALLY, but it's far closer to an automatic FUNCTIONALLY, and honestly I think function is the more important factor all things (and all customers) considered. Mercedes AMG transmissions aren't traditional automatics with slushboxes, but they're still called automatics because "automatic" pertains to function, not whether there's a torque converter. Even the Ford Fusion has a DCT these days; in the unlikely event that the subject of the transmission comes up from potential Fusion customers, do you think Ford salespeople would explain it to them as "like a manual" or "like an automatic"?
A transmission that can shift on its own is an automatic transmission, end of story. Having paddle shifters to control shifts and even having clutch plates doesn't make it a manual, any more than some hypothetical transmission with a clutch pedal and an H-pattern shifter that the car could operate autonomously would be considered a manual transmission.