Hyundai officials are not afraid to make their views known on prevailing technologies, standing by their choices and criticizing the alternatives. Previously, the Korean automaker's fuel cell boss told reporters that EV makers "jumped the gun." Now comes word that Hyundai is sticking by dual-clutch transmissions, citing the shortcomings of continuously variable transmissions.

A report from Automotive News points to words from Hyundai Motor America VP of product planning, Mike O'Brien, backing the dual-clutch technology. "Dual-clutch has a better future with us. It has better fuel economy advantages. It's better for the enthusiast driver. It matches [our product philosophy] better," said O'Brien, speaking at SEMA on Monday.

While it is noted that shifts with the dual-clutch units are not the smoothest available, O'Brien says that characteristic is outweighed by the parasitic losses experienced by CVTs resulting in poorer performance and fuel economy. According to the report, the "rubber band" effect experienced is also a setback, as is the limitation of engine size. CVTs are optimal only for smaller-displacement engines so application becomes an issue.

Hyundai currently offers the Veloster with a dual-clutch gearbox, though O'Brien has suggested that the application of such a transmission could expand in Hyundai's future.


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      The Emperor
      • 2 Years Ago
      because they break more?
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai has a brand character??? Since when?
      Poe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks the license plate mount on the car in this photo has the unfortunate effect of making the "face" of this car look like Hitler?
      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      CVTs are still somewhat penetrating the market, so it will need some time to one refined just like anything else that makes a debut. I have heard great things about the new CVT designs in the Accord and Altima, though I haven't driven them personally. I wonder though, how Hyundai can say that DCTs are "for the enthusiast driver" and that it matches them better because I haven't exactly remembered the last time someone drove a Hyundai and really had an exciting time driving it. [Ie, steering feel, brake pedal feel, and suspension]. Though if Hyundai is suggesting that they will build vehicles with exciting driving characteristics, then I am more than welcoming!
      HydraulicDragon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tell all that to the new 2013 Nissan Altima, which has a 270hp 3.5 liter V6 bolted to a CVT. It gets 30mpg on the highway (which is easily done, I have a 2002 Maxima with a 3.5), simulates 6 gears with paddle shifters, and does 0-60 in 5.4 seconds on crappy OEM tires. If the Juke's sport mode is anything to go by, Nissan's CVT's are fantastic.
        BC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HydraulicDragon
        The 2013 Accord V6 performs very similarly with a proper 6-speed torque converter automatic, which to me raises the question of why Honda bothered with a CVT on the 4-cylinder Accord when its performance and fuel economy are not that different from 4-cylinder competitors with conventional 6-speed automatics.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anybody who bought a Hyundai or KIA is a sucker..HaHaHa
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      What they are really saying is.. lets wait for one of the American companies create a better cvt so we can steal their hard work through reverse engineering.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        American manufacturers want nothing to do with CVTs. Once the Patriot and Compass are dead, there will be no American manufacturers that offer a CVT anymore.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          They will still have CVTs on hybrids. Ford is currently the only automaker to make CVTs in the United States (for the new C-Max and Fusion hybrid/energi).
        pynch0n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        Don't be an idiot. Everybody steals ideas from everybody else. It's called modern civilization.
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        Hyundai is a Korean company, not Chinese.
          Burabus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          Koreans don't steal, especially not from the Japanese.
        Awhattup
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        damn sounds like your feel's hurt
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      DCT >>> CVT CVTs suck, period.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      They want to add a harsh transmission to match the harsh ride of the Genesis?
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They both suck. Stick with 8/9 speed traditional auto with fast locking torque converter or get a proper manual transmission.
      max
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Hyundai is right, CVTs suck.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Plus they don't suck as much as a CVT... I like CVT in my snowmobiles, NOT my cars...
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