SANTA BARBARA – The rush by auto makers to offer more fuel-efficient vehicles is on in the U.S., and Hyundai Motor America wants to join the race. The U.S. arm of the South Korean auto maker will begin offering 6-speed automatic transmissions next year and is at work developing a diesel engine that can meet stringent U.S. emissions regulations. The first application of a 6-speed automatic, which typically improves fuel efficiency over 4- and 5-speed automatics, will be in Hyundai’s new ...

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