TOKYO, Japan, April 5, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the development of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) for midsize vehicles that significantly enhances both driving performance and fuel economy. The new CVT is the latest addition to the Earth Dreams Technology series of revolutionary next-generation technologies for automobiles. Also announced today, the all-new Step WGN and Step WGN Spada will be the first vehicles to feature this new CVT and will offer the highest fuel economy in their class*1.
In November 2011, Honda announced Earth Dreams Technology, a series of next-generation technologies for automobiles that significantly enhance both driving performance and fuel economy, combining environmental responsibility with the fun driving customers expect from Honda. The first technologies in the series were the newly developed engine and CVT for minicars that were featured on the N BOX. The new CVT for midsize vehicles featured on the all-new Step WGN and Step WGN Spada is the second technology to join the series.
*1Honda calculations for 5-number 2.0 liter-class vehicles with a height of 1,800 mm or more and seating seven or eight occupants (as of April 2012)
*2Comparison with Honda vehicles
Key features of new CVT for midsize vehicles
- The newly developed high-efficiency electric oil pump, high-strength belt and exclusive CVT oil raise transmission efficiency to enhance fuel economy.
- The wide ratio range offers cruising with enhanced torque in the lower rpm range, thereby enhancing fuel economy. At the same time, the wide ratio range increases drive power during off-the-line acceleration to help realize an exhilarating and sporty driving feel.