Posts Tagged ‘CVT’

TMC Launches Redesigned ‘Vitz’

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Toyota Vitz 1.3 F
© Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota City, Japan — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned “Vitz” compact car.

Since the launch of the first-generation in 1999, the Vitz has achieved cumulative sales in more than 70 countries and regions around the world — including many European countries — exceeding 3.5 million units¹. With more than 1.4 million of those units² having been sold in Japan, the Vitz is truly a core model of the Toyota brand.

The new, third-generation Vitz, developed based on a new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs, features sharper styling as well as a compact exterior (more…)

Honda's Insight Concept Makes its World Debut

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
Honda Insight Concept
© Honda Motor Europe

Today at the Paris Auto Show the world will get its first full view of Honda's Insight Concept model, which shows the design direction that the new dedicated hybrid model will take.

Honda has always intended Hybrid vehicles to be a bridge to a hydrogen powered future, the potential of which has already been demonstrated by the leasing of the first FCX Clarity.

The Insight Concept has clear stylistic links to the world's first production fuel cell car, with both vehicles' forms shaped to maximize their aerodynamic efficiency and therefore reduce fuel consumption.

The Insight Concept is the stylistic inspiration for the production version which will go on sale in 2009. (more…)

Ford Details Future Powertrain Plans

Wednesday, November 6th, 2002

Promoting the company's latest powertrain developments, Ford Motor Company yesterday previewed further developments planned for the coming decade. Highlights of the future powertrain offerings include an all-new V6 engine to be introduced by mid decade, and a range of new automatic transmissions. With a wide ratio span of 6.0:1 between highest and lowest gears, the new transmissions will offer excellent acceleration from launch, while improving highway economy. First of the new transmission families will be the new Ecotronic CVT produced by ZF Batavia in Ohio. Production begins in 2003 for a European Ford vehicle, and in 2004 for the Ford Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle crossover. For the 2005 calendar year Ford will join GM in introducing a new family of 6-speed automatic transmissions for rwd vehicles. (more…)