Hyundai will introduce dual-clutch and CVT transmissions to get more mpg

Article by Christian A., on December 8, 2010

In order to have an improved fuel economy across its vehicle lineup, Hyundai is taking a wider view of its powertrains. Hyundai is considering ways to improve engine efficiency in order to achieve a corporate fuel economy of 50 mpg by 2025.

But because of how it is transferred from crank to concrete, torque convertor automatics are out while dual-clutch and CVT transmissions are in.

Hyundai is aiming for a corporate average fuel economy of 50 mpg by 2025. Aside from offering more engines that use direct injection and turbocharging, Hyundai also wants to replace its current line of torque-converto- equipped automatics with dual-clutch units and continuously variable transmissions.

Dual-clutch transmissions and CVTs can deliver up to a 10% improvement in fuel economy compared to a conventional automatic gearbox.

There is now a trend in the auto industry of refining the entire powertrain lineup to raise efficiency levels. Last week, General Motors revealed its renewed interest in CVTs while Chrysler has started to ramp up one of its facilities to begin building a dual-clutch transmission for future models.

Presently, Hyundai offers a CVT in the South Korean Market version of the Elantra Hybrid but plans to make it available in a number of smaller cars.

This dual-clutch transmission will mark the first use of this unit in a production Hyundai. According to Yang Woong-chul, President of Hyundai's R&D Division, the dual-clutch gearbox will be offered as standard on several models and will be an optional transmission in others. [via autonews - sub. required]

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