Hyundai is working on a 10-speed automatic transmission that will be used on a range of Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the future, particularly luxury models.
You’ve probably heard of a seven-speed auto, you may have heard of an eight-speed auto, but Hyundai plans to raise the bar by introducing a 10-speed auto in the next few years.
Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, is engineering the 10-speed automatic in an effort to reduce fuel consumption in larger models. The development of the transmission will be part of Hyundai’s product strategy of developing major components in-house.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, president of Hyundai Motor Group, Park Seong Hyon, has said the transmission is being designed specifically for the luxury models in the Group’s range, and says it will join showroom line-ups in 2014.
Likely model candidates include the Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedans and their potential Kia counterparts. The transmission may span out into other models further down the track.
Mercedes-Benz announced last year that it was working on a nine-speed auto, but what do you think? Is 10 too many?