It's an industry-wide name - stands for Constant Velocity Transmission. It
uses a system of segmented metal belts between variable pulleys to give a
steadily changing ratio, rather than a set of discrete ones as normal. It's
definitely fully automatic.
It's not new nor unique to Ford. The first car I recall was the Dutch DAF,
back in the 60s or 70s I think. Subaru has offered it for some time, and now
so does Toyota, Honda and several others.
I haven't driven one but I have read that it sounds weird at first because
the engine stays at a constant speed with a constant throttle setting,
regardless of speed. However, it does allow the engine to rev up when needed
for power and then shift into a high gear for cruising. It apparently offers
a slight performance and economy advantage over regular automatics.
There's lots of web links. Do a search.
So you can just stick these things in D and off you go? No clutch or
anything like on a manual?
I've not seen any Toyotas with this. Don't they just refer to their
automatics as Auto or Free-Tronic for the semi-auto?
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