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What's eight plus two? If you guessed ten, then you'd be right. As in, right on the mark in answering a related question: How many forward gears will Hyundai's next-generation automatic transmission feature?

Automotive News reports that Koren automaker Hyundai will skip past nine speeds and go straight for a double-digit ten-speed trans as soon as 2014. Word is Hyundai will initially equip only its Genesis and Equus sedans with the ten-speed unit to bump up the fuel economy rating of both vehicles, but the trickle-down effect most likely means we'll see the ten-speed slushbox in additional Hyundai models at some later date.

If this report pans out to be true, then Hyundai is truly taking the uncharted path in the world of multi-speed transmissions. Plenty of OEMs are working on or have eight-speeds out there, but ten?


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      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a CVT?
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        how about a prius power split CVT. or God forbid series electric drive.. nah 15 gears will do it. then surely electrification is not necessary...
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Yeah no kidding.
        Smith Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        I'm no expert on transmissions but I've read that CVT's are limited by how much torque they can handle.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. I remember the days when I kept complaining that it was so hard to find more efficient 5-speeds in the US. (And hard to find manual transmission in general.)
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      hehe so stupid
      BigJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for the 10 blade razor.
        uncle_sam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BigJ
        no no no. the 10 blade + aloe vera glide strip and vibration activated razor is the top of the notch
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm holding out for 14 speeds.
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not good enough! Spinal Tap: "Our speakers go to 11!" Hyundai, get back to work!
      winc06
      • 3 Years Ago
      "According to ZF, the 9HP offers fuel savings up to 16% compared to today’s 6-speed automatic transmissions in front-wheel drive cars thanks to the extremely high total spread of 9.84 and the high number of gears that allow the engine to run in the most fuel-efficient speed range. For example, in 9th speed, you can travel at 120 km/h (75mph) with the engine running at just 1,900 rpm, compared to 2,600 rpm in a 6-speed auto." If ZF finds fuel economy benefits with a 9 speed transmission over a 6 speed, Hyundai's design of a new transmission to replace their 6 speed without making a slavish copy(Samsung) actually seems quite smart.
        Smith Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @winc06
        The best comments, in my opinion, are those which inform and educate. Thanks winc06 for the technical information.
      Arun Murali
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eventually they will start announcing that the transmissions have gotten fairly big and complicated. I can understand it in a truck, where the weight is not as much of an concern as life span and torque handling In a car that weight's less than 2 tonnes, this seems totally wrong thing to do. I am sure a parallel hybrid will cost less to develop, build and run.
      Jorge Pinto
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they tune it for a highly a resonant air path then the gains could really be impressive... while the out-of-sweet-point torque would suffer miserably.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping the Koreans wouldn't start acting like the Germans....
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog 2014: VW working on 15 and Hyundai working on 20 speed.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too many gears. Too much hunting around for the right gear. More is not always better.
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