2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s vehicle fleet is about to get a whole lot more fuel efficient as there are plans to introduce a new range of advanced dual clutch transmissions and more continuously variable transmissions (CVT) as early as next year.

The move is just one part of the Hyundai’s overall goal of reaching a fleet-wide average fuel economy of 50 mpg by 2025.

The information was revealed by Yang Woong-chul, the automaker’s R&D chief, who spoke recently with AutoWeek. Woong-chul explained that a dual clutch transmission will be fitted as standard on some models and as an option on others.

As for the CVT, Hyundai currently offers one on a hybrid version of the new Elantra sedan sold in its home market of South Korea but there are plans to offer it on more models, especially the automaker’s range of smaller cars, Woong-chul said.

Hyundai’s own dual clutch and CVT designs can provide fuel savings as high as 10 percent but this is only the start. Woong-chul went on to reveal that turbocharging technology will be offered on more models in the near future as well, especially on smaller engines.

"It will probably be applied to many car lines," he said.