Toyota and Honda are the embodiment of Japanese car manufacturers. Both companies have their unique production method or principle, which everyone admires in the automotive industry. Together they had created well-liked car models in Camry, Accord, Harrier, Civic, CR-V and a lot more. The two of them also had come back from the near bankruptcy precipitated by the disastrous World War 2 to become the zaibatsu of the automotive industries. Some admirers had imprinted both of the company’s management techniques in a book called The Toyota Way and Driving Honda. Although both company car models cant’ escape from the distinctive issue that can be troublesome for the consumer.

Another thing that can epitomize the Japanese car manufacturers is the CVT transmission. Most Japanese cars are equipped with these transmissions except for Mazda due to their vehicle performance and fuel efficiency advantages. But, again, among all the car manufacturers from Japan, Honda and Toyota are undoubtedly equipped with the best and most reliable CVT transmission. Honda and Toyota CVT transmissions are top-notch, and they are rarely an issue with the transmission malfunction due to manufacturers’ defects.  

Honda and Toyota’s long experience had used to full effect in these transmissions as both of them is building their transmission internally without outsourcing to any transmission manufacturers. While Honda is making the transmission using their own brand name, Toyota built their transmission under Aisin, established in 1965. As a member of Toyota Group, Aisin had been well known as they also supply drivetrain, chassis, aftermarket parts, and a lot more to other car manufacturers.

CVT transmission had its own benefits; even so, it has its own demerits. To counter these demerits, Honda and Toyota extensively innovated the CVT transmission to provide the consumer with an improved driving experience, simultaneously eliminating any disadvantages when driving a CVT transmission. Due to these, Honda had created the G-Design CVT transmission to give a sporty feel for their CVT transmission that eliminates the lack of driving feel of the CVT transmission.

Toyota, meanwhile, had come up with Direct Shift CVT. This design is unique for a CVT transmission as it has the 1st gear, atypical for CVT transmission. The 1st gear will act as a launch gear, and then the subsequent gear ratio will follow the traditional CVT. Customarily, for a CVT transmission, they are no physical gear changes due to the CVT design, which is pully based. Nevertheless, in the Honda and Toyota, they are a high number of virtual or electronically controlled gear ratios, wherein Honda G-Design they are seven virtual forward gear while in the Toyota Direct Shift, they are 8- forward-moving gears.

Concerning their CVT fluid change interval, Toyota interval is longer than Honda CVT transmission. Toyota fluid transmission interval is at 80,000km while Honda interval is at 40,000km. Both companies have their unique transmission fluid. Therefore, it is advisable to use their CVT transmission fluid to avoid any damage to the transmission. It is also advisable not to delay the transmission interval and make the fluid change on time or before the interval to prevent severe damages to the CVT pulley belt.  

When it comes to the hybrid vehicle, which had been widespread in the contemporary era, Toyota and Honda need to create a different type of CVT  transmission for these types of cars. So together, they had created the e-CVT transmission for their own hybrid vehicle. For a traditional CVT, they are pully; conversely, the Toyota e-CVT does not have a pully; instead, it has 2 electric motor-generator connected to a planetary gearbox. Honda, meanwhile, also have their own unique e-CVT. The i-MMD is an abbreviation of Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive using two-hybrid motors that can drive and recharge the hybrid battery simultaneously. Although the gearbox is not required in the system, Honda named the transmission as e-CVT to avoid any complication or misunderstanding that can arise if no gearbox is mentioned. So again, these car brands have become pioneers and innovators in hybrid technologies.

Their car production principle and method differ for Toyota and Honda, respectively. Toyota does not innovate often and will stick with the tried and tested method. On the other hand, Honda prefers to innovate and make something that distinguishes itself from the other car manufacturers. For example, when most car manufacturers came up with the BLIS, Honda had come up with the Honda Lane Watch. Nevertheless, although Toyota does not frequently make any innovations like Honda, they came up with the world’s first hybrid vehicle in Toyota Prius. The hybrid vehicle has become a widespread and well-liked car among car lovers.

These different principles, methods, and management styles made them the best CVT transmission makers in the world. Honda and Toyota CVT consistently made a top-notch CVT transmission that can make other car manufacturers envy. While Mercedez Benz and Audi also had built a CVT transmission in the car model, they do not continuously innovate and persist like Honda and Toyota. Honda and Toyota have been persistent and great supporters of the CVT transmission as most of their car models have CVT transmission built-in. While other Japanese cars, excluding Mazda, had their CVT transmission, when it comes to reliability, innovation, and driving experience, they are still a mile away from the two juggernauts of the CVT transmission. With their unique management style and persistence with the CVT, sooner or later, they can be  CVT transmission in a high-performance vehicle. With their Direct Shift CVT, which had an unusual first gear, Toyota may have set the foundation for the high-performance CVT transmission, while Honda is believed to be working on making a high-performance CVT.

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