Kia in sev­enth heaven

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

ONE of the main ques­tions asked at the re­cent launch of the new Hyundai i20 was why such old-fash­ioned trans­mis­sions, es­pe­cially a four-speed au­to­box?

The lat­est news from Hyundai’s sis­ter brand Kia, serves to re­as­sure Hyundai loy­al­ists: Soon there will be a mod­ern seven speed avail­able.

Kia on Mon­day an­nounced a seven-speed, dual-clutch trans­mis­sion (DCT) for the cee’d GT Line. Thanks to our weak rand, the cee’d is not avail­able in SA but chances are that the new fuel ef­fi­cient 1.0 T-GDI en­gine matched to this seven-speed DCT trans­mis­sion will be sold here not too many months af­ter its global launch at the Geneva Auto Show next week.

The new DCT can trans­fer up to 300 Nm with­out bend­ing out of shape. It has two shafts, like the se­quen­tial shift trans­mis­sion in VWs, with a hol­low shaft to en­gage the even gears and a solid shaft that runs through the mid­dle to op­er­ate the odd-num­bered gears.

The new trans­mis­sion was de­vel­oped in­house by KIA’s re­search and devel­op­ment teams at its Namyang, Korea R&D cen­tre.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Kia’s seven-speed gear­box shows the Korean take on the se­quen­tial gear­box made popular by VW.

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