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Exploring Nissan's Innovation When It Comes to Transmissions

Last updated 6 years ago

The Nissan dealership is more than just a place to buy a vehicle—it’s an exhibition of art, technology, and innovation. Nissan’s engineers never stop working to create exciting, modern, and efficient designs, including the continuously variable transmission, which Nissan was one of the first automakers to begin producing. Find out more about CVTs, and how Nissan perfected the art.

What is a CVT?

Continuously variable transmissions use a combination of pulleys and belts instead of gears. One pulley is a fixed diameter, and the other consists of two cones which point towards each other. To change the output ratio of the transmission, the two cones push together or pull apart. The belt that rests between them then moves inward or outward on that pulley, replicating smaller or larger gears. The main benefits are smooth function, improved efficiency, reduced weight, and less noise.

Why is XTRONIC different?

The Nissan XTRONIC CVT is built upon Nissan’s long experience with automobiles and CVTs. The XTRONIC CVT uses a steel belt and specially designed transmission fluid to provide an exceptional range of output ratios. The steel belt provides stronger performance, the ability to handle higher torque loads, and greatly increased longevity. The high performance fluid allowed Nissan to improve the hydraulic system. The electronic control system also received revision, and the new XTRONIC is now able to shift output ratios 30% faster.

Which vehicles feature XTRONIC?

Nissan has implemented the CVT across their lineup. Perfect mating with both small and large engines allows the strong performance that Nissan vehicles are known for, while enjoying the benefit of improved fuel economy. The Versa uses the CVT to achieve 30 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and exceed the federal CAFÉ standards four years before being required to meet them.

See all the ways that Nissan is bringing innovation into the automotive world by visiting Brown’s Dulles Nissan of Chantilly. Give us a call at (703) 948-1100 for more information.


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