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kickdown

[′kik‚dau̇n]
(mechanical engineering)
Shifting to lower gear in an automotive vehicle.
The device for shifting.
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For the realities of everyday traffic, Mercedes provides a subtler means of delivering momentary passing power: the kickdown.
And if you want a quick burst of acceleration when on the move, the kickdown function is instantaneous and accompanied by a great soundtrack from the engine.
The updated 993K fuel consumption is reduced as much as 10 percent, achieved by lowering rated speed and equipping the machine with Auto Idle Kickdown (reduces throttle-lock speed after a set idling interval) and Engine Idle Shutdown (shuts down the engine after extended periods of idling).
2 seconds, mainly due to the reluctant kickdown from the slow-acting auto box.
Driveability, again be it in kickdown mode or otherwise, never leaves you wanting for drive.
It is mated to Acura's first six-speed automatic transmission that offers paddle shifters for driver control of the gear selection, including double kickdown capability.
The pedal is specified with three angles of treadle and has both standard and kickdown features for transmission control.
The unique 6-speed automatic gear transmission with kickdown function allows the user to switch between "automatic" and "manual" gear shifting via a control program that changes gears in response to varying driving characteristics.
The transmission is smooth though could be a little more responsive on kickdown.
Often small-engined auto models tend to lack smoothness as they go through the box but the Swift auto has seamless gear changes and instant response to any kickdown on the accelerator.
All diesels come with Kia's EcoDynamics suite of measures, like low rolling resistance tyres, Intelligent Stop and Go, an accelerator kickdown switch and gearshift indicator.
And while I often find that automatic gearboxes and smaller engined cars don't go together too well the Mazda2 is super smooth, responsive to kickdown and still good on economy.