Next up on the CVT’s hit list is this Honda Civic. Honda’s Tetsuo Iwamura confirmed that the Civic will get an all-new Earth Dreams powertrain, featuring direct injection and a CVT transmission, within the next couple years.
The re-designed Fit, coming this fall, will get the new technology first, as Honda looks to capture buyers who are interested in fuel economy despite gas prices leveling off in recent months. Iwamura told Automotive News
“Gasoline prices are stabilizing in the mid-$3-a-gallon range, and Detroit is selling quite a few pickups,” Iwamura said. “Yet while the average person sees those numbers, their income hasn’t risen that much. It’s wrong to say Americans don’t care about fuel economy. They care.”
Signs point to a 2015 introduction for the powertrains, as the most recent refresh in 2013 will necessitate another round of tweaks to keep the car competitive.