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While other automakers are embarking on 10-speed automatic transmissions, a senior engineer at Mercedes-Benz revealed that the brand will go no further than nine gears, Autocar reports. The brand currently employs the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission in some of its latest models.

Marcus Sommer, Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel drive system engineer explains that the decision followed after the company ran a total of 81 billion computer simulations relating to gearbox scenarios. With that, Mercedes-Benz found that a total of nine gears works best.

At the moment, Ford, General Motors and more recently Honda, are the only few that will have a 10-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen previously showcased its 10-speed DSG gearbox, however, reports have noted that the brand has since shelved those plans.

So guys, should Merc stay with just nine gears, or do you think that other brands are on to something with more gears?