When Ford attempted their first stint with Continuously Variable Transmissions, things did not bode well for them. The Dearborn automaker ended up having terrible customer feedback and experiences with their at the time, newly designed CVT, which was developed in conjunction with ZF in Germany.
Serving duty on the 2005-2007 Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred, and Mercury Montegos, the CVTs proved to be superbly problematic to the point where class-action lawsuits were filed. Since then, Ford stuck with traditional automatics.
Now, Ford may go back to working with CVTs to continue the onslaught of boosting fuel economy figures, according to AutomotiveNews.
There wasn’t any indication as to what cars could receive the first CVTs, but Ford’s Raj Nair suggested the next Fiesta could get it along with other base models.
Source: Automotive News