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GM bets on CVT, Vue

Ward's AutoWorld, Nov 1, 2001 12:00 PM

General Motors Corp. is predicting its innovative continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be a popular option on its all-new Saturn Vue compact cross/utility vehicle, accounting for 50% of the 50,000 deliveries expected in 2002. Branded VTi by GM, the CVT then will be rolled out to two '03 model passenger cars, including the Saturn S-Series replacement, Ion. VTi represents an important technological gamble for GM as it attempts the first high-volume production of a CVT mated with all-wheel drive. VTi provides an 8% fuel economy improvement. GM says it tested its CVTs, which are notorious for belt problems, for 100,000 miles. Vue offers the CVT as an option with GM's global Ecotec 2.2L 4-cyl. engine. Codenamed GMT315, Vue also makes available a 3L V-6 powerplant to consumers. All-wheel-drive units will account for 70% of deliveries. A 3-pedal version is offered only with the 4-cyl. Vue's base price is $16,835.

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