In order to achieve up to a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy, General Motors is looking into consecutive variable transmissions (CVT) for their lineup of small cars such as the Chevrolet Spark (due in the U.S. in early 2012), next gen. Aveo (due out next year) and the recently-launched Cruze. The branch responsible for developing these three models is The General’s Daewoo division, located in South Korea, and they’re looking to have CVTs installed by the next model change for each vehicle.
While a boost in fuel economy would most certainly win over buyers here in the United States, one issue happens to be that General Motors does not use a CVT for any of its models. Therefore, the company would either have to develop one from scratch, or the transmissions would need to be supplied by an outside source.
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