Legislation will end the use of manual gearboxes in Tatra Phoenix vehicles

12 October, 2023

Modern trucks, like passenger cars, will in future be subject to new rules designed to contribute to greater operational safety, but also to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. One of these is the General Safety Regulation (GSR), which will come into force for all newly registered trucks from 1 July 2024. Tatra Trucks must also adapt to these trends and rules.

Tatra Trucks mainly produces heavy and special trucks, which are subject to high demands. Therefore, they must meet the latest technical regulations, but also comply with modern trends and market requirements. These aspects are necessarily reflected in the design of the trucks as well. GSR, together with the need to reduce emissions and also consumption in trucks, prefers the use of automatic and automated transmissions. In effect, these trends will mean the end of manual gearboxes in truck equipment. This will also affect the range of the Tatra Phoenix model series, which is the flagship of Tatra Trucks production for the civil market.

"For Tatra Trucks, its business partners as well as end customers, there will be quite a big change next year in connection with the GSR. Among other things, after 1 July 2024, manually operated gearboxes will no longer be offered for the Tatra Phoenix Euro 6 heavy truck model range. We will continue to equip our vehicles exclusively with automated or fully automatic transmissions," said Daniel Otáhal, Sales Director of Tatra Trucks, adding: "By the end of this year and in the first half of next year, our customers will have the last chance to order Tatra Phoenix vehicles with manual transmissions."

For some customers, the end of sales of manual transmissions may appear to be a limitation of the range. However, modern automated or fully automatic transmissions offer a number of advantages. In particular, they improve the reliability and safety of cars, increase driver comfort and reduce operating costs. In addition, especially in difficult terrains, where Tatra vehicles are often used, modern automatic and fully automated transmissions are much more efficient than manual transmissions. They are also often lighter in design and have a positive effect on lower emissions.