Within two years, all the vehicles on Subaru's lineup might already carry continuously variable transmissions, or CVTs, to boost fuel efficiency. Earlier this year, the technology was inaugurated and fitted in the redesigned 2010 Legacy.
Masashi Uemura, a spokesman for Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars, said however, that the company is considering the plan but at the moment, there is no actual plan about which models.
There are speculations that next in line would be the Forrester and the Impreza. Since 1987, Subaru has used belt-type CVTs in its minicars for the Japan market. Installing it on the latest version of the Legacy, launched last spring, was momentous since it was Subaru's first big car to get a CVT.
On September 3, Subaru extended the technology to a redesigned version of its Exiga MPV. The Exiga is sold only in Japan now but soon will go on sale in Australia. The CVTs are manufactured on a new line in its engine plant in Oizumi, Japan.
According to Uemura, the CVT so far has been paired only with Subaru's 2.5-liter gasoline engines. It is not being used with turbochargers or power plants with bigger displacements.