Although the market for continuously variable transmissions, or CVTs, is being squeezed by the increased use of dual-clutch and advanced automatic gearboxes, Continental AG is aiming to reinvigorate the technology with a new low-friction-belt design aimed at small-car applications. Called a hybrid ring and developed by the German supplier’s ContiTech Power Transmission Group, the new metal belt operates without the need for a bath of lubricating oil, thereby reducing mechanical resistance ...

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