It was pretty much destined to happen. With luxury automakers climbing on the increased gear ratio bandwagon, giving us seven-, eight- and nine-speed transmissions, Hyundai is upping the ante even further with their in-house development of a ten-speed automatic for future luxury models.
As Bloomberg reports (via Automotive News, subscription required), the most-likely recipients of the new ten-speed transmission will be the Hyundai Genesis and Equus luxury family sedans, possibly as early as 2014.
2012 Hyundai EquusEnlarge Photo
For the 2012 model year, both the five-passenger Genesis and four-passenger Equus luxury performance rear-wheel drive sedans are fitted with the new eight-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission.
What’s the benefit to having more speeds? Is more necessarily better? GreenCarReports explains it well, but the basic idea is economy and performance improvements. Looking at the more-than-expected features Hyundai designs into its vehicles and the type of performance and high fuel efficiency with no compromises across the lineup, a ten-speed automatic certainly seems like the logical next move.
One thing we do know is that Hyundai, in developing the ten-speed automatic in-house, will be able to keep production costs down and the quality high. What else would you expect from the Korean automaker whose redesigned and all-new family vehicles have continued to attract new buyers into the brand?