Ford is examining the possibility of using more continuously variable transmissions in its vehicles to boost fuel economy.
The company currently uses CVTs in a handful of its products including the CMAX Hybrid, but there aren’t currently any non-hybrid Ford vehicles that make use of the technology. But Ford global product development boss Raj Nair told Automotive News that the company is re-thinking its position.
“We’ve had some experience with CVTs and it wasn’t all good,” he said. “They are getting better. And we are taking another look, particularly in the low torque applications. There may be some [potential] there.”
Ford Previously offered the Five Hundred sedan and its Mercury Montego sibling with a CVT, but that ended in 2007. American drivers are continuing to lose their taste for manual transmissions with manual transmissions accounting for fewer than five percent of new car sales.
But CVTs are gaining acceptance in the U.S. with major nameplates like the Honda Accord and Civic dropping their traditional automatics along with the 2014 Toyota Corolla.
[Source: Automotive News]
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