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View Poll Results: What transmission type do you think is best for getting more MPGs?
Automatic 0 0%
CVT 9 29.03%
Manual 22 70.97%
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Haha, I never really thought of that, but I guess if you had maybe a sliding shifter that you slid all the way forward for a higher gear ratio and slid backward for a lower gear ratio, that would be feasible.
That is why i just voted for CVT. Gives such a wide range of ratio's, that you'll always find one perfect for your car, speed and engine rpm.

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The only problem would be that you could easily lug the engine if you didn't lower the gear ratio appropriately.
You can do the same thing on a normal manual - 20mph in 5th gear.

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Old 05-03-2009, 10:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wait a minute,

Where are options 4 and 5? (Cases with no transmission.)

4. EV with hub motors
5. EV with dual motors and controllers

Did I miss any others?

By the way, I have been driving manual cars for the last 60 years, wouldn't have anything else. My Beetle TDI has 201,000 miles and still has original everything--specifically, clutch plate and brake pads. (Oh, sure, I change out tires, timing belt and oil.)

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I won't buy a car, no matter how good, unless it has a manual shift, manual clutch transmission. My heart sank when I heard the 2010 Insight would only be available with a CVT. Driving a stick keeps me thinking about what's going on under the hood, and that mindset keeps me focused on efficient driving.

Even so, I voted CVT in the poll. No, I can't name a car that gets better mileage with a CVT than with a manual, but it *ought* to be possible to build a CVT to accomplish this. The CVT would just have to be tuned for maximum FE, that's all.

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Yeah, I'm a manual-fiend too. I voted manual. I do think that CVT may win in the future. Just not today.

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