Hyundai joins Toyota and GM/Ford as the only manufacturer to develop its own six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new six-speed gearbox will, according to the manufacturer, reduce fuel consumption by 12% while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions.
Designed for use in petrol and diesel-powered passenger cars and SUVs, five variants of the transmission will be used in a total of 16 Hyundai models, including the new Santa Fe.
The transmission, which is designed for transverse engine applications, is said to be smaller, more compact and lighter than current six-speed 'boxes.
Despite the added gear, it uses 62 fewer parts and is 12 kg lighter than the five-speed gearbox it replaces.
The unit is also maintenance-free and is filled with automatic transmission fluid that should never need topping up.