While the world is fussing over Volkswagen’s excellent Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), Honda has come up with their own automated manual transmission called the Honda I-SHIFT. For a technology-driven company like Honda, this might seem a little late to market, considering companies like Renault and Volkswagen have been using these gearboxes for quite some time now.

Honda’s I-SHIFT only debut recently on the European market Honda Civic hatchback, pairing it with the 1.4 litre i-DSI engine and the 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine. In fact, there is another automated manual transmission on the market with a similiar name – Volvo’s i-Shift used on it’s trucks and buses.

The Honda I-SHIFT is a 6-speed manual transmission with a hydraulic computer controlled clutch. The I-SHIFT transmission is a 700 pound option over the Civic with a standard 6-speed manual. No slushbox automatic is offered with the Euro Civic. Kind of like our Savvy here.