Among the debates on how many gears a vehicle needs in 2018, one emerging transmission innovation adds an interesting angle to the conversation. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a technology that eliminates the need for a set number of gears, designed instead to shift using infinite gear ratios. Today, CVT transmissions are more well-developed than ever, and manufacturers are starting to understand how to incorporate them into their vehicles. But what kind of market share do CVTs really have, and how can we expect them to impact the transmission industry moving forward? In this blog post, we'll take a look at IHS data that illustrates what CVT industry production looks like today and in the future.
Years ago, you (and many other technicians) might have been able to look at just about any car on the road and know with a high level of certainty what transmission was inside. And we're not just talking about whether it's an automatic or not; we mean the actual transmission application. Over time, however, as the transmission industry has grown and developed, identifying the transmission inside a vehicle has become a much bigger challenge.
While the automotive aftermarket is constantly introducing new parts to service late model vehicles, but not all brands and manufacturers can or will keep up the same pace. The overhaul kit market is a great example. Did you know that some seal providers have their overhaul kits ready before a transmission application even comes out of warranty? While some brands lag behind, others put in the effort and resources necessary to have quality seal kits ready before you're likely to even need them.
The average transmission overhaul kit contains all of the sealing components you need to to rebuild a specific application: from o-rings to gaskets and steels to clutches. When you open up your kit, the sheer number of small parts inside can feel a bit overwhelming. Despite the organized packages and instructions inside to help you, it can be tough to know if you're missing a part until the unit is torn apart on your bench, effectively bringing your rebuild job to a stand still.
When it comes to transmission repairs and rebuilds, your customers have plenty of choices. The internet makes it easier than ever to shop around for prices or other decision-making factors, not to mention your customers are probably getting an overwhelming amount of advice and recommendations from friends and family. How can you ensure your shop stands out as a top choice for transmission work? By crafting a reputation for outstanding value and quality.