Hyundai to Build 10-Speed Transmission, But Why?

2011 Hyundai Equus

I’m guessing plenty of CarGurus readers know much more about semi trucks than I do, but when I read that Hyundai plans to release a 10-speed transmission for its luxury cars in 2014, I wondered how that compared with the number of gears in the big rigs.

Some quick research told me that, in fact, the most common number of gears in an 18-wheeler is 10.

Do our luxury cars really need the same number of gears as semi trucks?

I don’t think so. But, with Lexus and others using 8-speed trannies, it only makes sense that an automaker wants to one-up (or, in this case, two-up) them. Ford and Chevy engage in fierce horsepower wars, and now it looks like the transmission wars are upon us. How incredibly…dorky.

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