Recently, Hyundai Motors might suggest that they are moving towards the double digit 10-speed transmission as soon as the year 2014. Hyundai’s luxury models, the Genesis and Equus (both not available locally) recently receive an 8 speed transmission upgrade. But it looks like Hyundai Motors is not content to just stop at eight.
According to Hyundai Motor Group president Park Seong Hyon, the transmission will likely be used in the above mentioned sedans, which both mark the best the company has to offer.
If this plan comes true, we will see something that was previously unimaginable in the automotive industry.
Now, come to some questions that have been on my mind ever since I heard about this report.
- Will a 10 speed transmission be useful in an urban environment?
- Will all the 10 gears be used in urban roads?
- What will happen to the unused gears if they are not used for a considerable long period of time? Will they be spoiled if this happens?
Most of us reside in an urban setting where areas are overly populated which results in road congestion and at times even during non-peak hours. As someone who drives, I really hate traffic jams. Sitting for too long in a semi-bucket seat (it is the stock seat if anyone’s asking) can give you back aches. And at times, the drive, stop and drive motion gives me the headaches.
A 10 speed transmission car would not be useful on Singapore roads, where the speed limit is pretty low and traffic is heavy most of the time. At the moment, I can only think of one place setting that a 10 speed transmission car could benefit from; a long open highway, something like the Autobahn in Germany.
I do not know much about vehicle transmissions and maybe someone out there can provide me with constructive answers to my questions above.