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Continuously variable transmissions (CVT) offer an infinite number of gear ratios that allow the engine to operate near peak efficiency throughout a wide range of vehicle speeds which improves fuel efficiency. The sales of vehicles with CVTs began slowly and have climbed to 13.8% of car and 5.3% of light truck market share. With CVT making up a relatively small percentage of all transmissions, changes to model offerings with CVTs can have a pronounced effect on the year to year percentages shown in the graphs below.

Market Share of New Cars and Light Trucks with CVT, Model Year 2001-2010
Graphic showing market share from model year 2001 through 2010 of new cars sold with continuously variable transmissions (CVT). For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Graphic showing market share from model year 2001 through 2010 of new light trucks sold with continuously variable transmissions (CVT). See supporting information below.

 

Supporting Information

Market Share of CVTs, Model Year 2001-2010
Model Year Cars Light Trucks
2001 0.2% 0.0%
2002 0.4% 0.0%
2003 0.9% 1.3%
2004 1.4% 1.0%
2005 2.6% 2.1%
2006 2.4% 3.4%
2007 10.4% 3.8%
2008 11.5% 4.0%
2009 10.3% 7.4%
2010 13.8% 5.3%

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2011 Vehicle Technologies Market Report, Oak Ridge, TN, ORNL-TM-2011/016, February 2012.

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