A Manual CVT Is Both The Best And Worst Automotive Idea Ever

As most of us know by now, the CVT is no longer a rarely-seen Dutch unicorn, like a discarded Vermeer or an Amsterdam sex worker in Nashville. They're becoming the norm on many cars, and in many ways they're much better than the slushboxes they replace. Even so, it's still worth asking: could you have a manual one? » 12/13/13 1:26pm 12/13/13 1:26pm

Justy + One-Legged Driver: Beats Excel! Beats Tercel!

Back in 1990, when you lined up for a drag race against the likes of the Toyota Tercel and Hyundai Excel, you needed something serious. Like f'rexample, a Subaru Justy, equipped with continuously variable tranny action! And if that hot tranny action ain't enough for you, sport, the orange-suited thugs from the… » 6/28/07 11:30am 6/28/07 11:30am

DAF vs. FAF: Nailing Shut Davey G's Coffin; The DAF 66 YA

Around the time Nixon resigned, the Dutch military realized that they were wasting an awful lot of money for all-wheel drive Jeeps that never left the pavement. If Luxemburg should attack, something less potent would do just fine. So the brass commissioned the best (and only) clutch-thieving Dutch carmaker to create… » 12/11/06 9:15pm 12/11/06 9:15pm

DAF vs. FAF: Kicking Davey G. in the FAF: The DAF Pony is Quite Simply the Radness

We hate saying it Davey, but all your FAFaminos are now belongs to us. Actually, with this post we will state that all Frenchcaminos are now the sole property of us, too. The Pony pictured is mechanically identical to the regular DAF micro-car (2-banger air-cooled boxer mill, CVT with rubber bands powering the… » 12/11/06 8:00pm 12/11/06 8:00pm

There's Free Love in Amsterdam: Jalopnik Hearts DAF Ads!

We're really not convinced that a cooler all-around car has ever existed. First of all it's from Holland. Not only is that unique for a car brand, but, like, red light district, dude. Second of all, these tulip tiptoeing micro-cars have their wheels driven by rubber bands. Thirdly, at one point they dropped the model… » 12/11/06 9:00am 12/11/06 9:00am

The Dutch Stole the Clutch: Jalopnik Goes DAF Crazy!

Picture it: Holland, 1959. You are a successful truck company and you want to break into the passenger car market. The vehicle needs to be inexpensive and able to carry four people and their luggage around in comfort. No worries. But what about the mechanicals? Buick Dynaflow fan Huub van Doorne proposed the… » 12/09/06 4:23am 12/09/06 4:23am

Axis of Green: GM/BMW/DCX Unveil New Hybrid Tech

The combo of DCX, GM and BMW just announced their foray into a completely original hybrid system. The two mode set-up has a "electric continuous variable transmission" or ECVT with four fixed gear ratios. Not being the techiest of techs, this sounds like it will work like a CVT and continuously be poppin' through… » 4/27/06 2:00pm 4/27/06 2:00pm

Hit-and-Run Transmission: Nissan's Continuously Variable Future

Get Leonardo DaVinci on the horn, he may be in for some royalty cash. Edmunds Inside Line is reporting on Nissan's move to make continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) — a design for which showed up in ol' Lenny's notebooks — the norm on many of its models. The company plans to produce upward of 1 million CVTs per… » 10/04/05 9:03am 10/04/05 9:03am