Honda Will Build Continuously Variable Transmissions in Mexico Alongside Fit, Fit SUV Factory
“A car company is spending half a billion dollars to make more continuously variable transmissions! Hooray,” said nobody ever. But our apathy for CVTs will not change the fact that Honda will be installing them in the next generation of Fit hatchback, Fit-based crossover, and Fit sedan. The company announced today that it’s investing $470 million to set up a transmission factory at the same site in Celaya, Mexico, where the future Fit trio will be produced. In addition to serving the Fit family, the new transmission facility will produce transmissions for use in other models. Honda also uses a CVT as the automatic transmission in four-cylinder Accords, which are built in Ohio.
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We’d much rather news of a new factory for building nothing but manual transmissions—a stick-shift sanctum, if you will—but, we can at least say that the Honda’s CVT in the Accord is one of the best we’ve ever experienced.