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Honda didn't "follow" Nissan. They had a CVT in Civic HX long before Murano came out.

They have been using a CVT for the Insight as an optional tranny as opposed to a 5-sp manual.

Toyota uses a CVT for their Prius Hybrid also.

Nissan, however, is one of the first to use a CVT with an engine that develop a large amount of torque.
 

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Pretty well all the Japanese manufacturers have been using CVT's for over a decade, in Asia.
 

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Toyota will equip the RX400h and Highlander Hybrid with a planetary gearset CVT (details unknown). With 268hp, it will be most powerful CVT powertrain offered in North America.

Yeah of the "big 3" Japanese automakers, Nissan was the last to bring the CVT to the North American market. Honda has had it in the Insight and Civic HX for almost a decade now, and Toyota has had a CVT in the Prius since 2001 I believe (or whichever the first year of the 1st gen Prius was).
 

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The Germans also beat Nissan to the American market. Audi released a version of their A4 several years back with a CVT, and one of the BMW Minis had a CVT.

I think Nissan had the claim to fame of being the most powerful and largest vehicle with one in America, though. At least until the Highlander and 400h come out...
 

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