Nair: Ford Considering CVTs For Future Applications
December 9th, 2014 4:12 AM Share
Ford is considering giving the B&B’s least favorite transmission type another go for future applications.
Automotive News reports global product development boss Raj Nair said as much during a media event in Detroit. Though Ford hasn’t had much success with CVTs in the past — the last models to use the transmission were the Five Hundred, Freestyle and Mercury Montego back in 2007 — the automaker is “taking another look, particularly in low torque applications” such as the Fiesta SFE, whose 1-liter EcoBoost is only available with a manual transmission.
As for where Ford will get its new CVTs, Nair didn’t say if the transmission type would be made in-house or obtained from a supplier, as was the case with ZF Friedrichshafen AG in 2007.
Published December 9th, 2014 6:00 AM
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I'll rock the boat a bit and say that the transmission I prefer most a one-speed attached to an electric motor. The only reason we have transmissions at all is because the engine doesn't have the combo of operating range (particularly at ultra low speeds) & torque to power a vehicle across its whole speed range. The transmission is a band aid to address that shortcoming.
I'm starting to appreciate the CVT in my 2014 Accord. Achieves excellent fuel economy in actual suburban traffic while being reasonably responsive to accelerator pedal inputs. Probably the right choice for a car primarily used for commuting.
I feel like either CVT or Powershift would be a fine transmission if they just stuck with one and improved it over time. We have a Powershift '14 Focus and haven't had any issues with it, though we are past the build dates of the original seal that seems to have caused issues in early ones. For my Fiesta, I opted for the 5spd manual, really it wasn't an option for me. I did have to dealer trade for it, we don't order many manuals for our stock. To get a fully loaded Titanium you'd almost have to factory order, and you might as well if you're spending the extra money, get what you want.
Good! Nissan extracts astonishing real-world highway MPG from the Altima simply by using a CVT. This enables them to keep using a very big non-turbo 4-cylinder, which -- compared to an alternative MPG strategy, the Fusion's 1.5 liter turbo four -- is less expensive to build, buy, maintain, and repair, and is more responsive from a dead stop as well. Put both strategies together, though -- Ford's tiny turbomotors and a decent CVT -- and you'd surely see some impressive MPGs. Like others, I've had delightful experiences with eCVTs in hybrids, and conventional CVTs in Nissan products (in the Altima more so than the Maxima).