Honda’s 10-Speed, Front-Wheel-Drive Gearbox Set to Make Honda Le
Honda’s 10-Speed, Front-Wheel-Drive Gearbox Set to Make Honda Le

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DETROIT -- When the 2018 redesigned and re-engineered Honda Odyssey minivan arrives this spring, two models will be available with the industry’s first 10-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

The lightweight, compact gearbox, on display this week at WCX17, SAE International’s annual conference, is expected to propel Honda to the front of the pack in fuel economy in the segment, said Tom Sladek, Honda’s powertrain development leader.

During a presentation Tuesday at the conference, Sladek explained how, during six years of development, Honda engineers in Japan reduced the size of the 10-speed so it fits between the frame rails of the Odyssey -- no easy feat of engineering. Automatic transmissions tend to take up a lot of space under the hood, and adding more gears complicates matters further.

Sladek explained that engineers focused on two key elements of the transmission’s internal parts -- the clutches and the output gear -- to help create the compact transmission.