Monday, March 17, 2014

KIA Reveals a New Dual-Clutch Gearbox and Mild Hybrid at Geneva Motor show

The future of KIA looks bright with new additions hopefully making their way to Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis soon! The new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and mild hybrid powertrain made a big debut at the recent 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The new seven-speed gearbox comprises of two dry clutches fitted with electric motor-driven actuators. According to KIA, it is 7 percent more efficient than the six-speed and improves acceleration times 5 percent. We may even see the new seven-speed gearbox in vehicles next year; however it has not been said when it will make its way to the U.S.

Combining battery, electric motor, and a small engine supercharger the new mild hybrid system increases power by 15 to 20 percent. The electric motor allows for a pure electric mode at low speed and cruising situations. Powered by a 48-volt lead-carbon battery, the mild hybrid battery is said to do better in cold weather as well as  easier to recycle.

Stay tuned to our blog at Jim Butler KIA for more information on the new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and mild hybrid!