Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

What is a continuously variable transmission?

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic gearbox that can change seamlessly through a range of gears. It does this because it doesn’t have lots of different-sized cogs, as in conventional gearboxes, but instead uses a belt and a single conical shaped gear, so shifts are super smooth, as the belt moves along the cone, with its different thicknesses (which replicate different gears).

Related Jargon

What is an automatic transmission?

Automatic transmission changes gears as the vehicle moves, without the driver having to do anything themselves.

What is a car transmission?

A transmission is another name for a car’s gearbox.

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