TOKYO — Despite being overshadowed by Renault SA for the better part of the past year, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. still gets high marks for its ongoing technical developments, particularly in the powertrain field. The automaker has been a leader in direct-injection (DI) engine technology, both gasoline and diesel, and has set the industry standard for continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). Last September, it marketed the first toroidal-type CVT for the remodeled Cedric and Gloria (see ...

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