Honda Motors has brought back the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) to the Jazz subcompact hatchback. Unfortunately, the Philippine automotive market will not enjoy this technology anytime soon.
Honda Cars Philippines president and general manager Hiroshi Shimizu said the company simply adheres to the market's demand.
"We've asked the market if they prefer the CVT over the current automatic transmission for the Jazz and many preferred the latter so we're only giving them what they want," Shimizu said during the launch of the 2011 Honda Jazz.
One person who's disappointed with this decision is Top Gear Philippines' technical editor Ferman Lao, who was looking forward to buying a CVT-equipped Honda Jazz.
"The problem with the old CVT in the previous-generation Jazz was that it was very fragile," Lao said. "The new CVT with the torque converter unit sounds very promising but if it won't be offered here, I might have to reconsider my thoughts of buying one."
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