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DID YOU KNOW? You can thank Volvo for CVTs – even though it doesn’t use them.
Volvo wasn’t interested in picking flowers. It wanted the automotive arm of truck manufacturer DAF, which would include its assembly plant, its Renault engines, and the first mainstream application of the CVT gearbox. Volvo acquired DAF’s car business over the course of a few years in the early 1970s and, in typical Volvo safety-oriented style, it slapped big bumpers and head restraints on the little DAF 66 and rebadged it as the Volvo 66. The Dutch assembly plant would grow to include a partnership with Mitsubishi in the early ’90s. Today, it operates as NedCar and builds Mini Coopers for BMW.
Volvo is no longer involved in NedCar or DAF (which sold its CVT division to Bosch, by the way), but its acquisition of DAF helped ensure the success of CVTs. Ironically, even though Volvo’s investment helped make CVTs mainstream, the Swedish automaker’s affair with them was brief, and today it utilizes only conventional automatics.
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