July 27, 2004
GM to drop continuously variable transmission
Detroit, Michigan – Automotive industry publication, Automotive News, reported on Tuesday that General Motors will discontinue its continuously variable transmission.
The CVT transmission is currently used in the Saturn VUE SUV and the Ion Coupe, and in Europe in the Opel Astra. The transmission is built in a GM/Fiat plant in Hungary.
CVT transmissions have been growing in popularity in recent years, and are used in most gas-electric Hybrid powertrains. CVTs offer fuel economy benefits and ‘stepless’ gear changes when compared to standard automatic transmissions. Audi, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, and Ford currently have CVT transmissions in production.