Motor Trend is reporting that Hyundai and Kia are working on creating a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The dual-headed Korean automaker unveiled a new eight-speed automatic gearbox in the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan. Along with revisions to the 3.8-liter V6 engine, the transmission helped the model generate up to two miles per gallon better on the highway than its predecessor.

According to Motor Trend, news of the 10-speed transmission comes courtesy of unnamed sources inside Bloomberg, and the technology could show up in a production model as soon as 2014. Beyond that, details are notably scarce. Two extra cogs would likely help improve fuel economy at a moderate cost to the company and consumer, especially if engineers were able to translate much of the design of the eight-speed into the new gearbox. Stay tuned.


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      Vince Brady
      • 3 Years Ago
      My bicycle has been years ahead of the auto manufacturers, has 21 speeds and uses no gas!
        r_r
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vince Brady
        But I bet your bicycle has no cup holders! Cars win! (water bottle cage don't count, since you can't put large size drink in there)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vince Brady
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        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vince Brady
        I like biking to work, but it really doesn't save me money. After a 10 mile ride, which burns about 700 calories, I'm super hungry, and usually need about $3 of food for the 20-mile round trip. This is at best a break-even with 20 miles of gas (car gets about 23mpg with my stop & go commute).
        Travisty
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vince Brady
        What's funny is that your 21sp bike has exactly 1 more gear than the highest-end road bikes which *only* have 20.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car companies should just start up technology talks with Shimano to discuss gear transmissions for upcoming vehicles.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just when you thought Hyundai has fulfilled every niche...they decide to take on the semi-truck market. What's next? A 17-speed Eaton-Fuller Santa Fe?!
      erak686
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that many cogs, it will perform nearly like a CVT does anyway! May as well just take it that route...
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, 6 more speeds than Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4. Probably using Shimano shifters :-)
        ShadowVlican
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        nah.. subaru's just outdated with their 4EAT
          ALafya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ShadowVlican
          I truly hoped and waited for a 12' Forester with > 4 speeds and a year before, for 11' Forester with > 4 speeds. But no - 4EAT or bust maybe until 13', maybe longer.
      Andrew P
      • 3 Years Ago
      "These go to 11." -Nigel Tufnel
      canuckcharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think it will more likely be a 5 speed with a hi and lo range transaxle.
      g2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      still only 10 speeds? Come on, where are the 36-speed transmissions?
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright, now this is starting to get a little nuts. When will it end?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      VDubs
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..and Chrysler will still have the 5 speed.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VDubs
        Now didn't I clearly said "going into production right now" and "almost ready"? The 8AT isn't at most dealers yet, but if you go to the Chrysler or Dodge sites and build a V6 higher trim Charger or 300, it'll show you it's available.
        vince
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VDubs
        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/17/report-chrysler-to-introduce-9-speed-automatic-for-fwd-models/ Also they are preparing a plant to supply their RWD cars with 8 speeds built under contract from ZF, it is in Kokomo, Indiana. Before the plant is completed they will buy the 8 speeds directly from ZF and some have already seen in use in the V6 Charger and 300 models for the 2012 model year.
          vince
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vince
          Why did I get voted down for posting facts that disprove the post by VDubs which implied Chrysler would still have 5 speeds in 2014. Seriously, the quality of the comment section on this website has gone way downhill since Dsiqus.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VDubs
        Chrysler already has an 8-speed going into production right now and a 9-speed almost ready.
          VDubs
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          Don't see it listed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chrysler_transmissions
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          What cars are the 8 speed in right now? I think they still have 4 and 5 speeds in most of their vehicles. Lets see: Chrysler 200 LX - 4 speed. Chrysler 200Touring - 6 speed Chrysler 300 Base - 5 speed Chrysler 300 Limited - 5 speed Town & Country - 6 Speed Can you believe that Chrysler only has 3 vehicles right now??? I didn't realize that until just now. A 200 (rebadged sebring basically) , 300 and a Town & Country. That's it! Chrysler needs to bring out a Prowler. I'd love to see another sub 3000lb car with their V6 and 8 speed or 6speed manual option - then put a hemi in there as a sport version.
        Felspawn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VDubs
        why bash Chrysler, its Toyata that still selling cars with 4 speed automatics.....
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