Leonardo DaVinci sketched the first CVT in 1490
First patent for the CVT Transmission was made by Daimler & Benz in 1886.
in 1910 Zenit motorcycles built a V2 motorbike that was so successful in hill climb events that it was banned from the events to give other motorcyclists a chance at competing.
In the late 1980’s Subaru launched a car called Justy in Tokyo with a continuously variable transmission which was electronically controlled which was made by Fuji heavy industries which owned Subaru back then. The justy was the first production car in USA to offer the CVT Transmission.
In Early 1990’s Nissan introduced CVT to their Nissan March which had the same principles as the Subaru Justy CVT Transmission. Nissan designed it’s on CVT Transmission which was designed to handle more torque and also had a torque converter.
Mitsubishi motor company gained a solid reputation for creating quality electrical vehicles, but Mitsubishi Outlander model didn’t make it to the US. For some reason when the Mitsubishi Outlander plug in hybrid was shipped to Europe the company thought it would be beneficial not to introduce it to Americans yet. The hybrid Outlander got pushed back so far that the make underwent an extensive mid cycle refresh and that will bump the hybrid version again. We here at Jim Shorkey debate when this version will see the light of day. According to Alex Fedorak of Mitsubishi public relations, the Outlander Plug in will arrive here in late summer as a 2017 model. This means the plug in hybrid model will be able to take advantage of updates made to the rest of the range for the 2016 model year, including noise insulation, an updated interior, and revised styling.
No major changes are expected for the powertrain, which includes a 2.0 liter gasoline four cylinder engine and two electric motors. One motor works with the internal combustion engine to drive the front wheels, while the other drives the rear wheels, creating a through the road all wheel drive system. The 12 killowatt hour lithium ion battery pack currently provides enough capacity for 32.5 miles of electric range at least as measured on the optimistic Euro test Cycle. Mitsubishi has also hint that it will make some tweaks to the powertrain’s control system to improve performance and increase range.
I know what your thinking, with being a gear head you might not want to read book. You would rather go outside and drive. Well i’m here to tell you that if you love cars you love all cars real or not. Today we will discuss some of the coolest cars to ever hit the printing press and even got designed in movies after it was all said and done.
- Great Gatsby- Gasby was a character know for his class and taste. It should come to no surprise that when writing the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald featured a 1926 Rolls Royce Tourer. This car is so important to the story and almost gives the car to life.
- From A Buick 8- If you like scary stories you need to check out Stephen Kings’ thriller about a mysterious 1953 Buick that has a very back story.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- I like to consider Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the car version of Mary Poppins. This car can fly, taking the family of the car to brand new adventures including crime fighting. The inspiration for the car comes from the 1920’s race cars.
- Christine- Stephen King loves cars. He has had two books that revolve around the darkness of the automobile. What’s interesting about Christine is its a living thing that wants to do harm. Christine a 1958 Plymouth Fury can fix itself to which we really respect.
- James Bond Novels- What does every spy need? A cool car of course. When your trying to solve the crime of a life time a fast and speedy car is needed. In almost every James Bond novel there is a high speed pursuit. That’s why the investment in an Aston Martin DB Mark III is a good buy.
- South African residents can legally attach small flamethrowers to the side of their cars to provide defense against carjackers.
- In Sweden, your car headlights have to be on at all times when driving, even in broad daylight
- The US gas guzzler tax that was designed to discourage fuel-inefficient vehicles only applies to cars, but not SUVs, trucks, and vans, since they were rarely used as passenger cars when the law was passed in 1978. The law has since not been updated to reflect modern times.
- In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were manufactured during World War 2
- The first car to use a rear-view mirror was driven by inaugural Indy 500 winner Ray Harroun in 1911 to see the cars catching up behind him.
- Residents of Churchill, Canada leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter polar bears on Main Street.
- The Soviet Union allowed theaters to play The Grapes of Wrath because of its depiction of the plight of the poor under capitalism, but it was later withdrawn because Russian audiences were amazed that even the poorest Americans could afford a car.
- Rodgers’ car was once stolen. The thief returned it back to him after he realized whose car it was.
- When Oprah gave the audience cars back in 2004, they were not really free. They had to pay about $6,000 in federal and income taxes. Some people paid the taxes by taking out car loans; others traded their new Pontiacs for cheaper, less souped-up cars.
- Norway has very strict rules on advertising cars as “green,” saying “cars can do nothing good for the environment except less damage than others.”
Buying a car is an amazing experience, but you can get so many more add ons to give your car a new look, ride or experience. Today at Jim Shorkey, we will show you our top 5 accessories for the brand new 2016 Outlander.
Air Dam, Front
Add an aggressive look to your Outlander’s front end with this gray front air dam.
Mud Guards, Rear Pair
Keep all manner of road debris from caking up the sides of your Outlander. These mud guards deflect rocks, road tar, mud and other items you might have a chance encounter with on the road.
Time to tow a trailer or hook up a bike carrier to take all your stuff along? Then it’s time to add this secure, factory engineered tow hitch.
Rear Bumper Step Protector Plate
This polished steel plate adds a rugged look to your Outlander while protecting your rear bumper from minor scuffs and scrapes.
Help deflect flying stones and other road debris from hitting your hood. To complete the look, add matching side wind deflectors.
Living near the mountains, we understand what the harsh elements can do to a vehicle. So, when we heard a story about a Mitsubishi Lancer that fought the winter elements, we couldn’t help but share. At Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi Uniontown we have seen a lot of cold cars, but this might be the most interesting.
This Monday a car went viral on the internet. It didn’t have a new paint job or a new design from the manufacture, but a car that was in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right depending on how you look at it). Mother Nature made the Lancer into a carsicle. Justin Yelen, the owner of the Lancer was shocked by the frozen layer on the car. He left the Lancer parked next to Lake Erie near Buffalo on Sunday night and came back to see a thick sheet of ice appearing.
How did it happen?
Freezing temperatures, high winds up to 47 miles per hour, and water from the lake combined to turn the sedan into an ice sculpture. More ice appeared on one side than the other, largely due to the direction of the wind. Either way, an ice scraper didn’t do him any good. The ground surrounding the car also appeared frozen solid.
Reason for leaving his car.
Yelen, 24, told local reporters that he left the car because he had a few drinks with friends and didn’t want to drive home. “I hope summer comes soon,” he said, adding that there’s probably damage to the car. Yelan had to wait 3 days for a towing company to get the car out of the harsh elements. A Towing crew was put to work. 350 pounds of calcium chloride and 20 minutes later, the car was freed and then towed to a nearby body shop where it will undergo any necessary repairs.