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CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission

Image Credit: Nissan

A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic transmission that can seamlessly change through an unlimited number of gears.

It operates in a completely different way to a standard gearbox in that it doesn’t have a set of gears, instead it uses two pulleys with a steel belt running between them.

The pulleys automatically adjust as you drive which means that the transmission is always changing to find the best combination for speed and/or fuel consumption.

The result is that when you are driving a car with continuously variable transmission it feels like the car just has one long gear – there is no ‘kick’ between gears like in a traditional manual or automatic car.