Beginning in September 2009, the Fiat Group will offer its first-ever semi-automatic dual clutch gearbox. Fiat’s announcement comes only a few weeks after Volvo and BMW released their versions of semi-automated dual clutch transmissions.

The new 6-speed gearbox which Fiat calls DDC (Dual Dry Clutch) has been developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), a Fiat Group company and it’s one of three variants of a new family of 6speed transmissions dubbed “C635”. The other two variants are a manual and an automated manual transmission that will be available in June 2009 and 2010 respectively.

The new Fiat Powertrain Technologies C635 transmission will be used be used on various Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo models in the B, C, and D segments provided that their maximum engine torque is up to 350 Nm or 258 lb/ft.