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Selector lever 1

P: park

R: reverse

N: Neutral

D: automatic mode

M: manual mode

+: upshifting gear

-: descending gear

The gear engaged is displayed on the instrument panel B and, depending on the vehicle, on the display A.

Note: press button 2 to go from position D or N to R or P.


With the selection lever 1 in position P, switch on the ignition.

To move out of position P, you must depress the brake pedal before pressing the unlocking button 2.

With your foot on the brake pedal (warning light Ó on the display goes out), move the lever out of position P.

Only engage D or R when the vehicle is stopped, with your foot on the brake and the accelerator pedal released.

Driving in automatic mode

Put lever 1 into position D.

In most road conditions you will encounter, you will not need to touch your lever again: the gears will change automatically at the right time and at the most suitable engine speed because the automatic system takes into account the vehicle load and road contour and adjusts itself to the particular driving style you have chosen.

Economical driving

When driving, always leave the lever in position D, keeping the accelerator pedal lightly depressed to ensure automatic gear changes at a lower engine speed.

Accelerating and overtaking

Depress the accelerator pedal firmly and fully (so that it goes beyond the kickdown point).

This will enable you to change down to the optimum gear within the engine range.

Driving in manual mode

With the selector lever in position D, move the lever to the left into the M position. Shifting the lever or the paddles repeatedly allows you to change gears manually:

- to move down through the gears, push the lever forwards;

- to move up through the gears, push the lever backwards.

The gear selected is displayed on the instrument panel.

Special cases

In certain driving conditions (resulting in, for example, engine protection, operation of the Electronic Stability Control programme: ESC etc.) the automated system may change the gear automatically. Likewise, to prevent incorrect manoeuvres, a gear change may be refused by the automatic system: in this case the gear display flashes for a few seconds as a warning.

Special circumstances

If the bends and road surface do not allow you to stay in automatic mode (e.g. in the mountains), we recommend that you change to manual mode. This will prevent the automatic gearbox from changing gears repeatedly when climbing, and permit engine braking on long descents.

When facing uphill, to remain stopped, do not keep your foot on the accelerator.

Risk of overheating the automatic gearbox.

Parking the vehicle

When the vehicle is stopped, move the lever to position P while keeping your foot on the brake pedal: the gearbox is in neutral and the drive wheels are mechanically locked by the driveshaft.

Apply the handbrake or, depending on the vehicle, ensure that the electronic parking brake is applied.

P position must only be engaged when the vehicle is stationary.

An impact to the underside of the vehicle while manoeuvring (e.g.: striking a post, raised kerb or other street furniture) may result in damage to the vehicle (e.g.: deformation of an axle).

To avoid any risk of accident, have your vehicle checked by an approved Dealer.

For safety reasons, do not switch off the ignition before the vehicle has come to a complete standstill.

Maintenance period

Refer to the maintenance document for your vehicle or consult an Approved Dealer to check whether the automatic gearbox requires scheduled maintenance.

If it does not need to be serviced, there is no need to top up the oil.

Operating faults

- during driving, if the “Check auto gearbox” message appears on the instrument panel, it indicates that there is a fault. Contact your approved Dealer as soon as possible;

- when driving, if the message “Gearbox overheating” appears on the instrument panel, stop as soon as possible to let the gearbox cool down and wait for the message to disappear;

- troubleshooting on a vehicle with an automatic gearbox TOWING: breakdown recovery.

When activated, in the event that the lever is stuck in P, depress the brake paddle. It is possible to free the lever manually. To do this, unclip the base of the lever, then insert a tool (rigid rod) into the slot 4 and press simultaneously on the button 2 in order to unlick the lever.

Contact an approved dealer as soon as possible.