The world's fastest-growing automotive manufacturer is staying clear of continuously variable transmissions (CVT).
Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Kia's European head of powertrain development, Joachim Hahn, confirmed the company has no plans to introduce a CVT in the future.
"So far, from the drivability [perspective] we are quite happy with the solution we have, so we are not planning to have a CVT," Hahn said.
Like its sister company Hyundai, Kia produces some of its own transmissions in-house. So far the Koreans have stuck to mass-producing their six-speed automatic, which sees use in everything from the Kia Rio to the Kia Sorento.
Unlike the Japanese manufacturers, which have nearly all gone down the path of CVTs to replace conventional automatics in the pursuit of improved fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the Koreans are more inclined to follow the Germans and introduce even more dual-clutch transmissions (DCT) in the future. The first brand's vehicle with a DCT is the Kia Cee'd.