Fiat SpA's Alfa Romeo has an astute insight into a problem that until now has vexed sequential-shift automatic transmissions: the gear lever offers the driver no perception of which gear is being used. Many drivers of automatic-transmission vehicles equipped with a “manual” sequential-shift function complain that the lack of feedback from the driveline — combined with a gear lever that remains centrally situated regardless of which gear is being employed — makes it difficult to discern one ...

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