MUNICH — Only weeks before the launch of Audi's first CVT, the debate about the future of the continuously variable transmission continues to stir controversy. BMW AG and DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes-Benz are yet to be persuaded that CVT represents the future of automatic transmissions for big engines, despite admitting intense interest from all the major European automakers. “We are not convinced about the CVT from the point of view of cost,” says Burkhard Goschel, the BMW engineer who ...

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