The new CVT system can be paired up with an idle-stop system and features a high-efficiency electric oil pump and high-strength belt among other features. The infinite gear ratio offers enhanced torque in the lower rpm range and increases the take off power at traffic light. Honda’s latest transmission promises 5% higher fuel economy than a conventional CVT and 10% higher than a 5-speed automatic transmission, based on Honda vehicles in the same class.
It would be interesting to see how Honda’s latest transmission matches up against the increasingly popular dual-clutch transmission (DSG) in terms of fuel efficiency. In a recent interview with JATCO’s president (a key CVT producer), he commented that DSG has an advantage in fuel efficiency but CVT is more compact in size.