When Ford Motor Co. announced last year it would produce continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) in a joint venture with Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG (see WEVTU — Oct. 15, '98, p.1), Ford powertrain operations vice president John Huston said the company's first production application would come in 2003. Volkswagen AG, too, said it would use the Ford/ZF CVT23. So positive, however, is Ford about the new CVT that under current planning, the only automatic slated for the 2001 Mondeo ...

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