trans·​ax·​le | \ tran(t)s-ˈak-səl How to pronounce transaxle (audio) , tranz-\

Definition of transaxle

: a unit that consists of a combination of a transmission and an axle's differential gear used especially in front-wheel-drive automobiles

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The engine is from a Corvette, the transaxle is from a 911 Porsche, the radiator is from a Honda Civic. Kristina Pritchett, The Denver Post, "Erie father, son create 3D-printed Lamborghini," 31 Aug. 2019 After finding an appropriate vehicle, the project moved to Vacaville Auto Body Center in California, where VW restoration specialist Robert Skinner and his team rebuilt the automobile's engine, transmission and transaxle. David Morgan, CBS News, "A Woodstock icon recreated: The VW "Light Bus"," 4 Aug. 2019 Three electric motors—two on the front axle and a third between the engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle—join the V-8 and are powered by a 7.9-kWh lithium-ion battery. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 The engine was a 351-cubic inch Ford V-8 (American), the transaxle was by ZF (German), and the tires were Michelin (French). A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The De Tomaso Pantera: An Italian-American Love Affair," 20 Nov. 2018 These three Civics cover the $22,000-to-$35,000 zone right at the heart of the affordable new-car market, and each comes equipped with a crisp-shifting six-speed manual transaxle. Car and Driver, "How the Sportiest Honda Civics Compare on Price, Performance, and More [Infographic]," 26 Jan. 2018 Instead of the former six-speed, the V6 is coupled to a new eight-speed automatic transaxle gearbox with refined logic control that optimizes the sedan’s speed, engine speed and torque engagement. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 View 40 Photos In Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, one motor is geared directly to the gasoline engine with a clutch connecting the two to the transaxle, while another motor (the traction motor for most conditions) is geared to the differential. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Insight: The 50-MPG Civic Hybrid Returns," 27 Mar. 2018 Hybrid all-wheel-drive models, which in Toyota’s world typically feature a two-motor hybrid transaxle powering the front axle and an electric motor powering the rear axle, will get a more powerful rear-axle motor in the new E-Four AWD system. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Toyota’s New Dynamic Force Engine and Novel Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission Explained," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of transaxle

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transaxle

transmission + axle

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