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Fig. 4. Developed by Oaktec, this rally-inspired Honda Insight uses a Bosch CVT automatic transmission.


belts. This is Bosch’s second push belt plant, the first being located in the Netherlands. The new facility is scheduled to produce 1.6 million belts in its first year. “With most of our customers for CVT technology located


in Asia, we expect production volume in the new facility to rise to 2.3 million units by 2015 - to support, in particular, the Japanese and Chinese automotive markets,” said Rolf Bulander, president of the company’s gasoline systems division. A Bosch CVT automatic transmission is used in a hybrid


petrol-electric Honda Insight - which is described as “the world’s greenest rally car” - though this car was banned


from rallying because it was said to be “too fast”. The rally Insight, which can achieve 100mpg when driving slowly, was developed by Oaktec Hybrids (Fig. 4). With CVTs becoming more commonly encountered


on high-volume vehicles as gearbox replacements, as well as finding applications in hybrid vehicles, motorsport and indirectly within vehicle power trains, it appears that this technology is finally becoming mainstream. It is difficult to predict whether CVTs will become as commonplace as, say, turbochargers or conventional automatic gearboxes, but the technology is certainly gathering momentum. l


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