Some people might have noticed the term “continuously variable transmission” and other buzzwords being bandied about concerning automotive transmissions. There’s nothing magical about them, but there are some fundamental differences people should be aware of. Fringe transmissions gaining ground Automobile transmissions used to come in two flavors: manual and automatic. However, some may have noticed Read on! →

Making the most efficient use of fuel is the new name of the game in car manufacturing. At the 2011 auto show, Ford representatives confirmed that the company is researching seven- and eight-speed transmissions. These high-efficiency transmissions are already being used in BMW, Audi and Lexus vehicles. The benefit of high-gear transmissions Transmissions that use Read on! →

Automatic transmissions are subject of a bit of arms race of late, specifically concerning the number of transmission gears, as more gears tends to produce greater efficiency. However, Julio Caspari, head of ZF in North America, thinks the maximum number of gears will be reached soon. Transmission gears have come far in recent years Ever Read on! →

A lawsuit has been filed against Mini, for allegedly violating the Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act of that state. The lawsuit alleges that corners were cut in making the MiniCooper CVT, the continuously-variable transmission, which some owners claim is hopelessly unreliable. Second such MiniCooper CVT lawsuit According to the Wall Street Journal, Mini has Read on! →