How does the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback's Direct Shift-CVT work?


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During a recent look at the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, we saw that it's a little sportier, a bit more stylish, but a loaded lot more high tech. One particularly interesting piece of powertrain tech is the new Direct Shift-CVT.

CVTs, or continuously variable transmissions, have the advantage of being more fuel efficient than conventional automatics. However, they've gained a bit of a bad reputation for their vague and disconnected feel. Toyota's new CVT hopes to improve on both fronts with "the world's first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT."

But what does that mean and how the heck does it work? Let's dig in. READ MORE HERE