This called "Multimode Manual Transmission" and is different from tiptronic or the likes (which are manumatics). In triptronic and others (like touchshift variants) the gear box is automatic; in multimode manual transmission the gear box is essentially manual with an electronic-clutch. Thus MMT cars, like the toyota, lack torque converter.
In the "E" (Electronic) mode or electronic clutch mode the car would automatically shift between the 4 available gears (as the PKDM employs a 4 speed gear box). If Eco switch is enabled it goes into Es mode
In "M" (Manual) mode which is achieved by moving gear lever to "M" and then pushing it to the right (in the figure above). Now pushing the stick forward (towards + sign) a higher gear would be selected, while pushing it back (towards minus sign) a lower gear is selected. Pushing the stick Left would again take the car into "E" mode
There are two major disadvantages to MMTs:
- There is noticable gear shift as there is no torque converter
- The car may roll back when going up a if appropriate power is not provided.
The main advantage of MMT is more control over gear selection
I assume both GLI and Altis have the MMT