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

Examples of transaxle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wheels were going so fast, the clamping of the brakes snapped the half shafts that connected the transaxle to each wheel. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 Pull the right carbon-fiber paddle shifter and the rear-mounted, Magna-made eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle loads first gear. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ferrari Roma: The Beauty of 612 Horsepower," 26 Nov. 2020 The most complete kit include suspension pieces, a Renault five-speed transaxle (the same unit used in the Delorean sports car), a steering rack, a braking system, and interior fitments. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Prova Designs Countach Looks Like the Real Thing, But Isn't," 25 Nov. 2020 As in the coupe, the 4.0-liter gets a 503-horsepower rating at 6000 rpm and is connected to a quick-shifting eight-speed ZF automatic transaxle. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Cannot Be Ignored," 2 Oct. 2020 The seven-speed stick is a transaxle that Porsche, with the help of trans-supplier ZF, converted from dual-clutch auto to manual in part with a crafty mechanism called MECOSA. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Reminds Us of the Importance of a Clutch Pedal and Shifter," 18 June 2020 There's a nice pop from behind as the GT's seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle snaps through the gears. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Is All About That Base," 19 Feb. 2020 Toyota's hybrid system consists a two-motor transaxle (one of the motor-generators delivers motive force) that pairs with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four to produce a combined 208 horses. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Which Gas-Sipping Family Sedan Is Better?," 8 Jan. 2020 The engine sits an inch lower in the car and bolts directly to the Tremec eight-speed, dual-clutch transaxle. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Transaxle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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