Continuously Variable Transmission

Gearbox power and control improved

transmissions improved

transmissions improved

The continuously variable transmission concept has been around for quite a time. Leonardo da Vinci sketched out a variation in 1490. In the last 25 years, automobile companies have seen the fuel economy advantages of the CVT. Unlike manual or automatic transmissions, the CVT allows for an infinite number of gear ratios. This allows the engine to run efficiently at any speed, which saves fuel. There are a number of automakers using CVT technology; Nissan has a CVT available in nearly all its models.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 31st March 2009

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