To meet increasing driveability expectation of passenger cars, and stringent fuel economy regulations reducing emitted CO2; Toyota developed new 8-speed automatic transmission "UA80". "UA80" known as “Direct Shift-8AT” is first stepped automatic transmission model based on TNGA philosophy. The new Highlander and Sienna received Direct Shift-8AT. Direct Shift-8AT has an innovative control method with gear train and torque converter models, and provides enhanced driveability and fuel economy performance through high efficiency transmission technology. This paper describes details of new technology and vehicle performance.