Not even a decade ago, the world’s light-vehicle transmission sector was placid and staying true to its tradition for careful investment and incremental developments. Probably the most unique – or riskiest, if you prefer – production effort was the continuously variable transmission, which was enjoying increased use by chief proponent Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. after a history of fitful development dating back to the 1980s. The transmission world got turned upside down sometime around 2001, ...

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