The dynamic shift program is a feature of Volkswagen's automatic transmissions. It automatically selects the optimum gear at any one time.
The optimum gear ratio is calculated using both vehicle-related and driver-related data.
This means that the gearbox control unit selects the best gear at all times, based on the engine map data and the current driving situation. The selection takes into account the current speed, the weight of any trailer being towed and whether the vehicle is travelling uphill or downhill.
The dynamic shift program also adapts to the driver's individual driving style and adjusts the gearshift points accordingly. If the driver adopts a sporty driving style, the engine will be allowed to rev higher through the gears, whereas if lighter use is made of the accelerator pedal, the gearbox will change up that much earlier. This adaptation by the gearbox does not affect the kickdown function, which is available in any situation.
Gearboxes with the dynamic shift program ensure that the engine's output is used to optimum effect by selecting the correct gear, thereby keeping fuel consumption and exhaust emissions low. They are also very maintenance-friendly; for example, they do not require the gearbox oil to be changed.