HOT Nissan Promises An Improved CVT

If you want to get an automatic transmission—as most car shoppers prefer—on a Nissan, you’ll most likely end up with a CVT. That’s, to put it as simply as possible, a belt-and-pulley system rather than gears and hydraulics.

Nissan has just announced that the CVT it uses across most of its lineup in place of conventional automatic transmissions will soon get some important drivability and performance improvements.

Relative to the current-generation CVTs that are available in most of Nissan‘s car and crossover lineup, including the 2009 Nissan Cube, plus the Nissan Sentra, Rogue, Altima, Murano, Maxima, and some Versas, the new transmission has an available transmission ratio—essentially the span between the lowest and highest possible ‘gearing.’ Nissan says that the new ratio—of 7.3:1, compared to the current 6.0:1—is higher than typical seven-speed automatics used with larger engines.

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The CVT is co-developed by Nissan and its captive transportation supplier JATCO. Nissan claims to have shortened overall length by ten percent and weight by 13 percent compared to “conventional CVTs in its class,” and the new unit has more of an emphasis on fuel economy. delivers news, pictures and information regarding latest Nissan cars.

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