• Jul 29th 2007 at 11:31AM
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Nissan has developed a new catalyst for its gasoline-powered cars that requires only half the amount of precious metals that current designs call for. The catalyst or catalytic converter is a piece of the exhaust system filled with a mix of platinum, rhodium and palladium that captures harmful toxins in a car's exhaust such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons by triggering a chemical reaction.
Engineers at Nissan used new nanotechnology to prevent the gathering of the precious metals in the catalyst under high temperatures, which meant less of the expensive stuff was required to clean the exhaust.

Less metal means less cost, which means more savings for customers. Nissan will be sharing the technology with its French partner Renault and the first cars with the new system should be on the market by early '09. Hopefully this will also mean a reduction in the number of catalytic converters being stolen.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope it will do better than reducing the thickness of your lineups wiring by 50%, or shoving CVTs into cars when the technology isn't ready (latest generation is fine, though... But could be better nonetheless).

      tsk tsk, Nissan sometimes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And in a related story, Chrysler is working hard on ways to incorporated more lame gray plastic in its interiors. Models featuring more lame gray plastic should be on the market by early 09.
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