An essential detail in connection with environmental driving is to drive in the right gear and to change gear in plenty of time.
An indicator is available as an aid on certain variants - GSI (Gear Shift Indicator) - which notifies the driver when it is appropriate to engage the next higher or lower gear in order to obtain the lowest possible fuel consumption. However, taking into consideration characteristics such as performance and vibration-free running, it may be advantageous to change gear at a higher engine speed.
Gear shift indicator for manual gearbox. Only one marker is illuminated at a time - it is illuminated in the centre only during normal driving.
When gearing up/down as recommended, the upper one is illuminated at "+" or the lower at "-", marked red in the illustration.
Combined instrument panel "Digital" with gear shift indicator.
The framed number indicates the current gear.
With "Analogue" combined instrument panel, the gear positions and indicator arrows are displayed in its centre.