Continuously Variable Transmission

  • Subaru LinearTronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

    Most car buyers don't think a lot about transmissions. In the U.S., more than 9 out of 10 of them opt for an automatic, and that's that. But transmission technology turns out to be one of the major ways automakers are boosting gas mileage to meet tougher fuel-economy rules. And it appears GM is about to make a major transition on that front. DON'T MISS: Auto Industry Doing Fine In Meeting Gas-Mileage Goals, It Turns Out (Aug 2014) According to industry trade journal Ward's Auto, General Motors is tooling up to use a new continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) in many of its high-volume car...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark, Catskill Mountains, Apr 2014
    2014 Chevrolet Spark With CVT: Gas Mileage Review

    We're fond of the Chevrolet Spark minicar; it's by far the best-executed of the several smaller-than-subcompact cars sold today. But our fondness had been limited to the five-speed manual version; the four-speed automatic offered in 2013 was, in a word, awful. Now we've driven a 2014 Chevrolet...

  • VW logo and sign at opening of Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico
    New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow's cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) level of 54.5 mpg translates to about 42 mpg on the EPA window sticker. And while Toyota...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    2014 Chevrolet Spark To Get CVT, Replacing 4-Speed Automatic

    The Chevrolet Spark, the smallest Chevy sold in the U.S., will get some mechanical changes next year, according to Christi Landy, the brand's small-car marketing director. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark, which will go on sale late this year, will offer a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) in place...

  • Honda CVT transmission
    Honda Launches Larger CVT In Japan For Better Gas Mileage

    At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda unveiled the Earth Dreams Technology range, a set of new engines, transmissions and hybrid drivetrains which it claimed would help it lead the automotive industry in fuel efficiency for every segment within three years. Now the Japanese automaker has expanded...

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