With the launch of the QG engine, Nissan estimates that 90% of cars it produces around the world will employ timing chains. This is by far the largest commitment by a Japanese vehicle manufacturer — and the percentage is rising. TOKYO — With Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. taking the lead, Japanese automakers are accelerating plans to switch from timing belts to timing chains. Nissan, which introduced a “single-roller” (per camshaft) system in 1987, has advanced into a third generation — a ...

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