After four decades of endeavour, without ever quite cracking the Big Time, it seems the continuously variable transmission's (CVT) time has arrived. Audi AG is delighted with the sales response to its new Multitronic, and claims to have doubled the percentage of automatic-transmission A6 models since its CVT automatic first went on sale in Germany little over a year ago. Given that Multitronic provides better-than-manual-transmission performance and economy, costs less than a conventional ...

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