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what is cvt transmission

Lexus UX’s Direct-Shift CVT is a CVT enthusiasts can accept

During the recent Lexus UX drive, we were impressed with how the CVT operates and feel. Combined with the new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, the Lexus UX felt peppy and engaging to drive around town.However, not many are aware of Toyota’s CVT being one of the most technologically advanced CVT out there, so we decided to share this with you readers for further understanding.  First, we need to understand the concept of CVT. CVTs, or continuously variable transmissio

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

Mar 6, 2020

Perodua Ativa's (D55L) CVT to be better than Proton's. What's the D in D-CVT?

First things first: the upcoming 2021 Perodua Ativa’s Dual-Mode CVT (D-CVT) should not be confused with Toyota’s Direct Shift CVT, seeing that the latter features a launch gear, but the D-CVT doesn’t.With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at Perodua’s first-ever CVT-type automatic transmission.What’s so special about it?Unlike traditional belt- or chain-driven CVTs, what sets the Ativa’s D-CVT apart from the competition is its combination of

Eric

Eric

Feb 24, 2021

Are "lifetime" transmission fluids a SCAM?

If you found a genie in a bottle and wished for enough money to last an entire lifetime, things could turn out several ways. He could give you a billion ringgit to let you live lavishly for a good 50 years. He could also not give you anything at all, but make you die the moment your money runs out.The point is, “lasting an entire lifetime” is only as good as how long a lifetime is. With that, lifetime transmission fluids also depend on the definition of what a lifetime is."Genie

Arif

Arif

Sep 13, 2020

CVT in the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, wait...what?

Prior to the model going on sale in Japan, Toyota has announced the full line-up of the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris.For the Japanese market, three variants of the GR Yaris will be made available: RZ (272 PS, 370 Nm, 6MT) RC (272 PS, 370 Nm, 6MT) RS (120 PS, 145 Nm, CVT)Toyota GR Yaris RZ - Range-topping with all the bells and whistlesThe RZ is the top-of-the-line variant, powered by a newly-developed 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that does 272 PS and 370 Nm, mated to a 6-spee

Eric

Eric

Jun 2, 2020

No Toyota Direct Shift CVT for the Perodua D55L, why?

The 2021 Perodua D55L is Perodua’s first-ever model to be fitted with a CVT-type automatic. Now, before you throw a tantrum at the mere mention of CVT, the one fitted to the D55L is very different from CVTs of yore.You see, the Perodua D55Ls Dual-mode CVT (D-CVT) features a combination of steel chains and gear set, vastly different from regular CVTs that utilizes only belts or chains. Mechanically, the D-CVT is similar but not identical to Toyotas vaunted Direct Shift CVT, despite both uni

Eric

Eric

Feb 28, 2021

Spyshot: Daihatsu Thor seen in Malaysia, what is it doing here?

We recently came across photos of what appears to be the Daihatsu Thor in Malaysia.The Daihatsu Thor is a Japan-only model, and its presence here in Malaysia has raised an eyebrow or two.Seeing that this particular Daihatsu Thor isn’t covered in any camouflage (the Daihatsu emblem is still exposed), it’s safe to say that it won’t be sold here.Instead it is more likely to be part of an evaluation for a specific part used in the Thor, a part or feature that would eventually come

Eric

Eric

Dec 20, 2019

DCT vs torque converter, which is your preferred transmission?

Back in the early 90s, if you wanted to buy a performance car, you’d most probably choose the manual transmission option. The equivalent automatic option was probably heavier, slower-reacting, and had higher fuel consumption.My own uncle once told me back then, “In a sprint, my manual car would always be faster and more accelerative versus an automatic.” Those words stuck with me.Fast forward to today, and self-shifting transmissions have gotten so good, no human input could po

Jason

Jason

Jul 24, 2020

Missed opportunity: Where's the manual transmission 2020 Toyota Vios GR Sport?

One of the cars that stole last weeks thunder was the 2020 Toyota Vios GR Sport. Since we first broke news of the car a couple of months ago and all the way up to our Closer Look post, one thing has got one trump card that people have been talking about - its 10-speed gearbox. Brilliantly beautiful, but nearly 15 times the price of a Vios GR-S.Pretty much for good reason too. Name us a few other cars that come with 10-speed gearboxes. Theres the 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak, its beefier Ranger Rapt

Sanjay

Sanjay

Dec 26, 2020

2019 Proton Saga 4AT Is Cheaper To Maintain Than the Saga FLX CVT and Perodua Bezza

RM683.90 cheaper over 5 years/100,000 km Transmission fluid is less costly to replace Optimised service intervalsProton has put in extensive effort into marketing the benefits and rationale to switching from their punch-sourced Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) to a Hyundai-sourced 4-speed torque converter in the facelifted 2019 Proton Saga.Besides boasting stronger acceleration and improved drivability, there is also another (huge) benefit of switching to the 4AT – lower maintenance

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Aug 29, 2019

Shifting to 'P' before pulling the handbrake is how you damage your automatic transmission

An article from fortune.com back in 2016 suggested that a car spends about 90% of its time parked. Is there any truth to that? Well, even if you did drive 2 hours a day, it would only amount to 8.3% of the 24 hours we have in a day. There’s still a good 91.7% left.Parking Pro-tip: Keep all 4 wheels on the groundIf you drive an automatic, you need to shift to “P” and engage the parking brake to park the car. There are however, two different types of people in terms of the sequen

Arif

Arif

Jun 29, 2020

Is it true that  cars with CVT are less reliable?

The benefits of CVT have been repeated many and many times over – simple design, better fuel efficiency, smooth gear shifts, and infinite gear ratios. So much so, that city cars by Nissan, Honda, and Toyota mainly use CVTs.Common fears regarding CVT are overheating CVTs and snapped CVT belts. But how much truth is there to these fears?1. CVT OverheatingA steaming hot CVT. Photo: Zordaq Motorsports N9CVT overheating is real. It damages the CVT fluid and consequently everything else. Overhea

Arif

Arif

Jan 23, 2021

CVTs - not all are good, not all are bad. Find out who makes the best CVT.

Whether you like it or not, continuously variable transmissions (CVT) are here to stay, as these transmissions offer superior fuel efficiency, perfect for city driving, and are relatively cheap to build.But before we get started, let’s take a closer look at what makes a CVT, a CVT.What is a CVT?At its very heart (ok, it's called the inner housing of the transmission), a CVT-type automatic transmission houses several belts and pulleys in place of physical gears in regular torque co

Eric

Eric

Jan 3, 2020

These 4 habits will ruin your automatic transmission

Alright, maybe ruin is a little dramatic. The point is, we all have our habits when driving; some of them are fairly harmless and some potentially lethal (texting, for one).Habits that can incur unnecessary costs and inconvenience or worse, risk an accident are best corrected. So, these are the 4 things you should not do in an automatic transmission car.1. Shift to reverse while the car is still moving forwardsEach time when an opposite direction gear is selected, it is advised to come to a

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 21, 2020

4AT vs CVT: Two steps forward, one step back?

Another update is upon the Proton Persona and Proton Iriz. The two were spotted testing with camouflage, which suggests cosmetic updates, and we had a peek into the 2021 Proton Persona’s interior.Floating infotainment screen aside, one of the speculations is the change from CVT to a 4-speed automatic (4AT). This has sparked conversations amongst readers. Some are all for it, some against it.2019 Proton Persona's gear leverWhy a 4-speed automatic and not 6-speed?Simply put, it’s c

Shaun

Shaun

Sep 24, 2020

Pros and Cons: Proton Iriz – Excellent ride and handling, but the CVT is a pain

Now in its sixth year on sale, the Proton Iriz has received a number of updates over its lifecycle.The first update for the Proton Iriz came in 2017 when Proton improved the model’s noise, vibrations, and harshness (NVH) levels by reducing the number of engine mounts (from four to three), a revised exhaust set-up, and better noise insulation materials.Subsequently in 2019, Proton introduced a more comprehensive update for the Iriz, this time encompassing a redesigned exterior and updated i

Eric

Eric

Sep 29, 2020

No 8AT, 2021 Nissan X-Trail to come with CVT with 8 virtual ratios

Earlier reports suggest that the all-new fourth-gen 2021 Nissan X-Trail will be paired to an 8-speed automatic. However, we know that this is not true as more evidence points to the transmission being a CVT with 8 virtual ratios.According to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) FuelEconomy.gov website, the X-Trail’s North American twin, the Nissan Rogue could gain the turbocharged 3-cylinder 1.5-litre engine (204 PS/300 Nm). This engine might debut in the Chinese X-Trail at

CY Foong

CY Foong

Mar 17, 2021

Here's why the manual transmission still matters

Just a few days back, my colleague Arif opined that the world doesn't need manual cars anymore. Chaos ensued, tables and chairs were thrown in the office (some were thrown in Adrian's direction too, for saying this). After the dust has settled, I'm happy to report that we're all still friends and colleagues (I was forced to type this). Jokes aside, I am only too aware of the passage of progress, and Arif does have valid points about the need to continue moving forward. Elect

Jason

Jason

Aug 2, 2020

New 2021 Proton Iriz will drop its lousy CVT, but can it overtake the Perodua Myvi?

With a flurry of spyshots seen in recent times, one of the cars we can await for next year is the 2021 Proton Iriz facelift. Lets take a look. Theres a Proton Iriz spyshot?Photo credit: The Ajerul. The car in front is the upcoming facelifted Proton Persona.Oh yes. In fact theres been multiple - the picture above is one of the earlier ones. Since then, it was spotted a few more times around Malaysia, often in pairs with the 2021 Proton Persona facelift.Photo credit: Ibrahim bin AhmedAs is textboo

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 12, 2020

Review: 2019 Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT, for the love of driving

Its an appealing drivers car Significantly improved compared to the previous version But how does it compare to the Myvi?No one expected that when Perodua introduced the Perodua Myvi, it would be the default choice for young and old buyers alike. Since its introduction in 2005, more than 1 million units of the Perodua Myvi rolled off the production floors.Proton is extremely late to the five-door hatchback game – I highlight five-door specifically because the national carmaker had a three

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 13, 2019

Proton X70 CKD: Will the dual-clutch transmission be reliable?

Prior to the introduction of the locally-assembled (CKD) Proton X70, the company has confirmed that the upcoming model will be fitted with a new 7-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission, superseding the 6-speed torque converter unit.Recently, Geely flew selected members of the media to its headquarters in Zhejiang, China as a preview for the new transmission.DCT, reliable meh? The Geely Binyue (soon-to-be Proton X50)'s DCT gear leverSpeaking to members of the media, Geely&rsq

Eric

Eric

Feb 3, 2020

Proton X70 – What needs improving?

When Proton first launched the X70 back in late 2018, consumers were sceptical of the car’s Chinese roots – will it be problematic, they asked.Well, that comes as no surprise, considering the history of Chinese cars sold here in the past.With the X70, Proton and Geely hope to change the perception once and for all.Despite all of their efforts, the X70 is not perfect and has some (minor) shortcomings.Is the Proton X70's fuel consumption poor?We are aware that a lot of ow

Eric

Eric

Jan 24, 2020

Is that a manual Supra? Toyota Supra might come with a manual transmission

Mag X, a Japanese publication has reported that a manual gearbox is “under preparation” for the A90 Toyota Supra. The manual gearbox is expected to make the infamous coupe even more engaging to drive.Manual swapped A90 Supra by European Auto Group. Photo: tuningblog.euThere are yet to be any specifics on the manual gearbox. Currently the A90 Toyota Supra utilises the 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles.Earlier this year, Toyota had already introduced a 4-cylinder t

Arif

Arif

Jul 29, 2020

Perodua Ativa: D55L name and specs confirmed, AEB & 1.0T CVT as standard!

Shortly after bookings were opened for the 2021 Perodua D55L, we now have confirmation that the model’s official name is Perodua Ativa.The name was confirmed via a copy of the leaflet. In addition to confirming the name, the leaflet also reveals some juicier info. Let’s dive in.Also Read: 2021 Perodua D55L: Bookings opened, from RM 63k to 73k, ACC, 1.0L Turbo + CVTStarting with the exterior bits, it appears that the Perodua Ativa will feature the same headlights that are found on the

Eric

Eric

Feb 20, 2021

Review: 2020 Lexus UX 200 2.0L CVT, compact SUV with BMW handling, Lexus refinement

(2020 Lexus UX Price & Specs | Gallery)When the all-new Lexus UX 200 broke covers at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, I was extremely confused with the idea of a small Lexus SUV when the Japanese premium carmaker already has the highly accomplished Lexus NX.The insatiable appetite for Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) around the world has prompt carmakers to create countless variations of SUVs – convertible SUVs are, by far, the wildest creation ever. The following is the Lexus UX 200 review.Who

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Mar 10, 2020

Deal breakers: Proton Iriz – We love the ride and handling, but the CVT needs to go

When Proton launched the Iriz back in 2014, it received much fanfare as Proton developed and envisioned the Iriz to be a global model – it’s Global Small Car (GSC) codename was proof of that.But the Iriz fell short of its global aspirations – the car was only exported to Indonesia (how many units were sold?) and left-hand drive versions never materialized.Putting aside its global aspirations, the Iriz proved to be a decent alternative to the second-generation Perodua Myvi, as a

Eric

Eric

May 26, 2020

Please Naza, let us have the 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport with a manual transmission

It’s official, Suzuki has returned to Malaysia after a 5-year hiatus. One of its most iconic models, the Suzuki Swift Sport, is set to make a comeback. Full disclosure - yours truly has a third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport (ZC32S) with a stick shift, hence some bias is likely at play here.As the title would already have hinted, I am a die-hard fan of manual transmissions. So much so that when my colleague Jason was throwing furniture at another colleague, Arif, for his article on manual t

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 5, 2021

What Is ADAS?

The Proton X70 has it. The Honda CR-V has it. Even a Perodua Myvi has a basic version of it. Different manufacturers refer to it in different names. Honda calls it Sensing, Mazda calls it i-ActivSense, Subaru calls it EyeSight, while Proton uses the generic ADAS term. So what is ADAS? Is it worth paying for? Is it reliable? What cars come with ADAS?ADAS is short for Advanced Driver Assistance System. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) code of practice for

Robert

Robert

Sep 2, 2019

The Porsche 911 (992) is now available with a manual transmission in Europe

When the 992 generation Porsche 911 was first revealed, there were no manual transmission option available globally and it was a sign of manual transmissions becoming obsolete. However, less than a year later, Porsche announced the option for a manual for it in the US. Now, the manual is available for the 911 Carrera S in Europe along with other updates.First things first, the 911 Carrera S and 4S is now available with the aforementioned manual gearbox over in Europe at no extra cost. 

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 28, 2020

Malaysia-spec 2021 Hyundai Elantra to get 1.6L 123 PS engine and CVT, first for Korea

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is bound to reach Malaysia. A teaser was dropped by Hyundai Malaysia some time ago, and another one has been dropped to confirm that it will feature Hyundai’s new CVT-type transmission, the Hyundai IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission).The Hyundai Elantra is called the Hyundai Avante in South Korea and Singapore.Hyundai’s IVT aims to simulate the driving experience of a car with sequential gears. 8 virtual gears are incorporated to avoid the typical CVT exp

Arif

Arif

Nov 27, 2020

Wait, no 4AT? 2021 Proton Iriz and Proton Persona MC2 might retain Punch CVT

Those who were holding their breaths for the 2021 Proton Iriz and Proton Persona to get a 4-speed torque converter like the Saga, weve got news for you. The Hyundai-sourced 4-speeder might not see duty on the latest update to both models, the MC2 (Minor Change 2).According to our friends at Funtasticko, the Punch-sourced CVT transmission will likely soldier on in both models. However, there will be extensive recalibration of the transmission control unit (TCU). This will most likely improve the

Jason

Jason

Feb 2, 2021