SEATTLE – While most auto makers continue their pursuit of ever-more advanced step-gear automatic transmissions, Nissan stays focused on continuously variable transmissions, launching new technology in the ’12 Versa sedan. The auto maker’s newest Xtronic-brand CVT, co-developed with longtime Japan-based supplier-partner Jatco, is Nissan’s most compact design to date, Larry Dominique, vice president-North America product planning tells media attendees here during a ’12 Versa sedan preview. ...

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