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by Matt Brogan

Subaru may broaden the use of CVTs (continuously variable transmissions) throughout its lineup to boost fuel efficiency after inaugurating the technology in this year’s redesigned Liberty.

Subaru has used belt-type CVTs in mini-cars for the Japanese market since 1987, but the latest version of the Liberty (known as Legacy in other markets) was Subaru’s first big car to get a CVT.

“We are thinking about it, but we don’t have an actual plan about which models,” said Masashi Uemura, Subaru spokesman.

A report published in Japan’s Nikkei Sangyo went one step further with a report today saying Subaru plans to offer CVT versions of all models within two years. Next in line are the Forrester and Impreza, it said.

The technology has also been extended to the Exiga MPV as of September 3 this year, a model currently only on sale in Japan but earmarked for Australia soon.

So far the CVT has been paired only with Subaru’s 2.5-litre petrol engine and is not considered for use with turbocharged or large displacement engines.

CVTs are produced at Subaru’s engine plant in Oizumi, Japan.




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