28 May '14, 11am

Why CVTs Won, Direct-Shift Gearboxes Lost Fuel-Economy Fight

Why CVTs Won, Direct-Shift Gearboxes Lost Fuel-Economy Fight

By Antony Ingram 1,890 views May 28, 2014 Follow Antony Reddit This! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Xtronic CVT, 6th generation - for 2013 Nissan Altima Enlarge Photo If you're reading this in North America, the vehicle sitting on your driveway probably has an automatic transmission. So do around 95 percent of other new vehicles on the U.S. market right now, though the Canadian figure is slightly lower. The numbers don't lie: Drivers just aren't buying cars with manual gearboxes any more. But within the automatic options, there's never been so much choice. Conventional automatics with torque converters, continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), and now new dual-clutch transmissions are all widely available. CVTs win Now, after carmakers have spent a few years trying to sell direct-shift or dual-clutch automatic manuals in mass-market cars, it's starting to seem that ...

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