GM will likely expand its use of CVT transmissions across small car offerings as federal fuel economy standards tighten up heading into 2025.

"We're optimistic about CVTs in the U.S. market for front-wheel-drive applications up to a certain weight level," said Dan Nicholson, GM's vice president of global propulsion systems. "They don't make sense in everything, but you will see more of that from GM in the future."

"We're relatively bullish on CVTs," Nicholson said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars last week.

According to Autonews, GM's lone CVT equipped car, the Chevrolet Spark, sources its transmission from Nissan subsidiary Jatco Ltd, but Nicholson didn't rule out the possibility of GM manufacturing its own CVTs in house.

"We are happy with the product we are buying today," he said. "It is enjoying good success in the marketplace. We usually look at make-vs.-buy and volumes."

If GM does move forward with plans to product a CVT in house, look for the General to potentially partner with FoMoCo, expanding on the joint venture that birthed new 9 and 10-speed transmissions.