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    Official: Honda Fit, Vezel Hybrids recalled in Japan; US vehicles not affected
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    Honda has announced a good-sized recall of two popular Japanese-market hybrids: the Fit Hybrid and the Vezel Hybrid are both headed back into the garage. The problem this time around lies in the software program that controls the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) that could "cause a delay in ...

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    Flywheel hybrid test vehicle nets 22.4% improvement in fuel economy
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    Improvements in fuel economy of up to 22.4 percent on the ARTEMIS test cycle (pdf), which represents typical real-world usage, have been demonstrated by a research vehicle fitted with a flywheel hybrid system that includes stop-start technology. Developed by a consortium of British firms as part ...

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    Ford to install advanced e-CVT trans in hybrids starting in late 2011
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    Recently, Joe Bakaj, Ford's vice-president of global powertrain engineering, confirmed that the Dearborn-headquartered automaker is developing an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is being designed, engineered and built by Ford in-house. Bakaj states that the fuel-saving eight-speed ...

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    Greenlings: PHEV? DSG? VMT? A guide to common green vehicle acronyms
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    Deciphering the new vocabulary of the green car movement can sometimes be a real head scratcher. To alleviate as much confusion as possible, we would like to present our readers with a list of common acronyms and what they mean, with plenty of links for more information. If you have some TLAs ...

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    Greener CVT, with auxiliary gearbox, coming from Nissan and JATCO
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    Nissan and JATCO have just announced a new continuously variable transmission that features a wider ratio spread than any previous example of the type. The maximum spread from low to high in the past has been 6:1 but Nissan/JATCO have expanded that range to 7.3:1, a change that offers better fuel ...

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    What is a continuously variable transmission?
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    As much as many of us would love to park our fossil-fuel-burning internal combustion engines for good in favor of electric or hydrogen-powered cars, that's not likely to happen on a grand scale in the next several years. Like it or not, we've managed to create a technology that's proven so ...

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    Audi expands A4 lineup with less expensive, more efficient models
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    Click for a high res gallery from our first drive of the 2009 Audi A4
    Audi has added two extra variants to the US market A4 lineup, both powered by the 2.0L TFSI four cylinder engine. The entry-level A4 2.0T FrontTrak is a front wheel drive sedan with Audi's MultiTronic continuously variable ...

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    Nissan ekes one more mpg from Versa, Infiniti G up by two
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    It may not seem like much, but the single extra mile per gallon that Nissan plans to extract from its Versa subcompact will surely be appreciated by its purchasers. After all, every little bit of fuel savings helps when buyers are shopping for small cars, often with the specific intent on ...

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    Yamaha files patent for Enduro bike with CVT transmission
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    Yamaha recently filed a patent in the United States for an enduro motorcycle with a continuously variable transmission. The CVT, as it's better known, is one of the most efficient means of transferring power in an automobile application. Yamaha, as well as nearly every other manufacturer of modern ...

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    Nissan sells over a million CVTs in 2007
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    As we've reported before, Nissan is committed to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for use in passenger cars due to the environmental improvements that the alternative transmission's enhanced efficiency allows. CVT transmissions are not locked into set gear ratios, instead they can ...

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    Nissan: committed to using continuously variable automatic transmissions
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    Well, at least one of our top ten fuel saving technologies is set to stay around for Nissan. According to this article on The Detroit Free Press website, Nissan is committed to continuing the use of their continuously variable transmission. Nissan is hoping to start using the transmission in even ...

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    Top ten easiest-to-implement green technologies that already exist today
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    Today, we will be listing the top ten easiest to implement green technologies that already exist today. Now, this is a rough list, every car is different and not all of these technologies are applicable to each one. But, let's take a look at each one and see what gains there could be from them, ...

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    Editorial: Gears: The more the merrier?
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    Is it solely a case of one-upmanship that is driving the number of forward gear ratios forward in today's passenger cars? Or, are consumers choosing vehicles based on the number of gears in the transmission? I am not entirely sure, but I do know that I would consider passing on a vehicle just ...

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    A very nice (but very expensive) automatic commuter bicycle option
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    Not too long ago we showed you a new automatic transmission that has been developed with bicycles in mind, but may very well be suitable for larger-scale machines such as motorcycles or even automobiles in the future. The transmission is now available on the Ellsworth Ride city bike. We have also ...

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    Video of the NuVinci continuously variable planetary transmission
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    Now this is something that is totally cool. You are probably familiar with the CVT, or continuously variable transmissions, that are becoming more commonplace on modern cars and scooters these days. The systems generally use a couple of pulleys and a belt or chain to connect the two pulleys. ...

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    Ikona files provisional patents for frictionless CVT clutch and differential
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    Canadian gearing technology company Ikona Gear International announced that they have filed for two provisional patents that will help automakers produce more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles - a frictionless CVT clutch and frictionless CVT differential. Ikona says that the ...

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