A transmission or gearbox is a vital part in any motor vehicle as it transmits mechanical power and adapts the output of the engine to the drive wheels. Most transmissions have multiple gears, with the ability to switch between them as speed varies. This switching may be done manually, semi-automatically or automatically. One of the leading experts in this high-tech sector is GIF – Gesellschaft für Industrieforschung mbH. The successful German company is an engineering firm that works for major car makers across the globe, helping them to enhance the environmental friendliness, safety, comfort and economy of their products – a pledge that is underlined by the slogan ‘Gears go GIF’.