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Kia brings new automatic: 8 gears for front-wheel drive models

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I The 8-speed automatic transmission developed by Kia itself is said to be home to no fewer than 143 patents. According to Kia, the new switch box, which is designed for transverse installation, lowers consumption and spurt times. It works more quietly and with less vibration and also offers more pulling power at higher speeds.

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The new eight-speed automatic is celebrating its premiere in the Kia Cadenza.

New automatic from middle class upwards

Compared to the previous six-speed automatic, the eight-speed system has an additional clutch and another gear stage. The so-called spread, the transmission ratio between the highest and lowest gear, has been increased by 34 percent compared to the six-speed automatic.

The eight-speed automatic is celebrating its market premiere in the Kia Cadenza, which is not available in Germany. The upper mid-range sedan will be offered with the new gearbox from model year 2017; it is standard equipment in the versions with 3.3-liter V6 gasoline engine with direct injection. Kia plans to later use the eight-speed automatic in other mid-range models and larger vehicles with front-wheel drive.

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