TOKYO – Already well in the lead in the continuously variable transmission (CVT) field, Japanese auto makers are gearing up to make significantly bigger inroads. In the next five years, demand is projected to reach 1.2 million units per year, equal to about one-fourth of the number of front-wheel-drive cars sold annually in Japan. Last year, sales of CVT-equipped vehicles topped 500,000. More than half were in the mini and subcompact segments with engine displacements ranging from 0.66L ...

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