The lexus CT200 Hybrid is a CVT, as is Audi's S-tronic on most new models.
Automatic cars - does anyone sell one of these in the UK?
Or you could just use a proper car with a gearstick ...
S-Tronic is dual clutch
Multitronic is Audi's CVT
And their torque converter auto is still called Tiptronic
Audi multitronic/m-tronic is a CVT, available on A4, A6 and no doubt other VAG models. I used to have an A4 estate with a 2.4 petrol engine and the CVT; that transmission was a brilliant piece of engineering and I don't understand why it's not more popular. At the time the 2.4 was the largest engine they did with the CVT but I see from their web site they now do a 3L diesel so I guess they're confident that it will take a shedload of torque.
Have also hired an Altima with the CVT in the US; the VAG implementation is better IMHO.
I had a Merc A class rental car with a cvt a few years ago. Got to be the future. What's the point in having defined gears between your highest and lowest ratios?
The Merc A class CVT is known to have lots of issues.
I guess the "always in the right ratio" of CVT is becoming less of an advantage as we head now to 9 speed autos
When some workmates and I were in the US we had a CVT Altima (may have been the Maxima but anyways).
We all hated it.
When you put your foot down to joint highway/interstate traffic it was absolutely gutless, the gearbox just made the engine spin without giving us any go. It made a lot of noise when it did this so we figured the gas pedal was powering some speakers to give an impression of power.
Awful, awful thing to dive. Comfy though.
to be fair, merican cars are designed to drive to the interstate on a grid system, then sit there on cruise at 55 or whatever. they don't need (or want) a dynamic box. It's the same here in Oz; a massive V8 plugged into a cruismatic bland-o-tron box.
CVT - Continuously Variable Transmission?
Like TonyG2003 suggests, the new many-geared automatics like the MB or BMW ones make CVT a bit old-hat. The 8-speed auto transmission on a modern BMW gives almost imperceptible changes.
Have you considered an electric car for its smoothness?
Honda Jazz do a CVT
I don't think that's right - I think they realised that most of their drivers only ever use third so just took out the rest of the gearbox.
Honda Jazz do a CVT
My parents had a Jazz that I think had the CVT box. It remains the most hateful car I have ever driven and that was solely to do with the gearbox, the rest of the car was fine.
As above CVT has been around for years, whilst I freely admit I haven't driven one recently back 25 years ago they felt like being on a milk float, bland bland. I'm sure theyve improved reliability but back then the CVT had very poor reputation. We have two 5 speed auto cars which work really well, most of the time/miles you do in a car is in a single "top" gear, simple.
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