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When the Audi A4 came out with a CVT transmission I started looking into it. I liked the idea behind the technology. From what I have looked at and the limited amount of research that I have done (very limited, mind you) I honestly think that we'll see CVTs take over as the "mainstream" automatic.

It just makes sense. This is the way a transmission SHOULD be. It won't replace ALL other transmissions, of course. Cars that require significantly more control/power (i.e. sports cars, large trucks) will still have manual trannys or specially tuned "geared" automatics. But for the general "passenger car" / "reasonably sized SUV" vehicles, I think we'll see a LOT of them using CVTs in the near future (10 years?). I think the only reason they haven't caught on in the past is that the technology wasn't available to make a reliable CVT for the power that modern engines produce.

That's my prediction, anyway. We'll see how it plays out.
 

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Jatco makes the Murano's CVT. Who else are Jatco customers?

 NISSAN MOTOR CO.,LTD.
 MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
 FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.
 MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION
 MITSUBISHI FUSO TRUCK & BUS CORPORATION
 ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
 NISSAN DIESEL MOTOR CO.,LTD.
 SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
 BMW AG
 VW AG
 LAND ROVER GROUP LTD
 MG ROVER GROUP LTD
 HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
 KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
 JAGUAR CARS LTD.
 GM DAEWOO AUTO & TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
 LONDON TAXIS INTERNATIONAL
 FORD-WERKE AG
 RENAULT SAMSUNG MOTORS CO.,LTD.
 FORD LIO HO MOTOR CO.,LTD.
 HYUNDAI MOTOR INDIA LTD.
 CHINA MOTOR CO.,LTD.
 PERUSAHAAN OTOMOBIL NASIONAL BERHAD (PROTON)
 SHENYANG BRILLIANCE JINBEI AUTOMOBILE CO.,LTD
 SAIC CHERY AUTOMOBILE CO.,LTD
 SOUTH EAST MOTOR CO.,LTD
 HYUNDAI POWERTECH
 CHANGAN FORD AUTOMOBILE CO., LTD.

Hmmm... And what else is Jatco doing?

January 9, 2004
JATCO Ltd

Announcement of Ground-breaking Ceremony for JATCO México, S.A. de C.V. (CVT manufacturing plant)

JATCO Ltd (JATCO, Headquartered in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, President & CEO: Hisayoshi Kojima, capitalization: 29.9353 billion yen), automatic and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it held the Ground-breaking Ceremony of the plant for its subsidiary, JATCO México, S.A. de C.V. (President: Katsufumi Ito, Headquartered in Aguascalientes City, Aguascalientes State) on January 8, 2004 (Mexico time).

To establish its first overseas manufacturing base, JATCO set up its Mexican subsidiary, JATCO México, S.A. de C.V. in May 2003 and have made preparations to start the construction of the plant. The preparations have been completed and the Ground-breaking Ceremony was held today.

Full-scale construction of the new Mexican plant will start this month and is scheduled to be completed in October. Full-fledged production of medium-sized continuously variable transmissions (CVT) is scheduled to start in the middle of 2005. At the initial stage of production, approximately 700 employees will work at the new JATCO facility. JATCO expects to begin producing steel-belt CVTs for medium-sized front-wheel-drive vehicles in 2005 with the initial production capacity of around 300,000 units/year. Future expansion of CVT demand is anticipated to increase the capacity to around 700,000 units.

The new Mexican plant will establish a manufacturing base in NAFTA towards further growth and globalization of JATCO. Through the establishment of the new plant, JATCO is aiming at further expanding the sales of AT/CVTs in NAFTA, the largest AT/CVT market.

Hisayoshi Kojima, JATCO's CEO made a speech at the Ground-breaking Ceremony of the new plant as follows:
"For further growth and globalization of JATCO, JATCO México is designed to establish the manufacturing base in NAFTA. In response to the tightening CAFE regulations, CVT is recognized as an important technology to improve the fuel efficiency in NAFTA. Accordingly, demand for CVT is expected to steadily expand. Taking advantage of CVT, JATCO is determined to accelerate its globalization. I would like to extend my cordial gratitude to the state of Aguascalientes and Nissan Mexicana colleagues, who provide us the greatest support on this project."

Outline of JATCO's new plant in Mexico
Location Aguascalientes City, Aguascalientes State
(adjacent to Nissan Mexicana)
Land Area Approx. 200,000㎡
Total Floor Area Approx. 43,000㎡
Production Capacity at SOP Approx. 300,000 units/year
Product Steel-belt CVT for medium-sized front-wheel-drive vehicles
Start of operation Mid 2005
No. of Employees at SOP Approx. 700
Construction Schedule Jan. 2004: Construction starts.
Oct. 2004: Construction to be completed


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What kind of belt is being used in the Mo? Anybody know of hand?
 

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Nice, thanks for the link.
 

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Where has Enforcer been?

That Lasercannon site is a terrific site. It was the place that initially brought me to this group.

That said, where the heck has Enforcer been? Anyone know?

(lasercannon.com is his site)
 

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Jaak: PERUSAHAAN OTOMOBIL NASIONAL BERHAD (PROTON)
For those who does not know, PROTON is the national car of Malaysia (a country in south east asia). Something like the volkswagen in germany.
Now, this proton company is like a rebadge mitsubish because they work together with mitsubishi and share all the platform and design and engine model.
Does it mean that mitsu is looking into cvt for their car line up? Maybe ;)
 

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I read that ford's are using a chain rather than the tradituonal belt like the mo's in their CVT's. It should be alot stronger
 

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i have seen the new ford and mercury's. They look kind of like the anti-mo. A car based on an SUV as opposed to the other way around. I just found the lines to be so damn tall. Kind of looks like someone cut the front end off a mountaineer.
 

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I read that ford's are using a chain rather than the tradituonal belt like the mo's in their CVT's. It should be alot stronger
Actually everything I've read shows they're weaker.

The Murano's belt runs under compression, instead of tension. It's harder to compress metal than it is to stretch it.

Interesting fact. Jatco is majority owned by Nissan.
 

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JAAK YOUR ARE AMAZING!
 
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