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I must admit, that there is a bit of one-upmanship going on in the car world, Mercedes has a 7-speed auto, Lexus launches an 8-speed...
The main reason is so that the car can be in the most 'comfortable' gear whatever the driving scenario - this reduces emissions (useful for CO2/tax bandings), and helps to save fuel.
Also, a high top gear can reduce engine wear, so there are longer-term benefits.
Agreed, it can be confusing as the actual gear selection is more congested - the 'price of progress'!


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