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    Report: Nissan leaning on JATCO to remedy CVT problems
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    Nissan's decision to fit continuously variable transmissions across even more of its new models may be coming back to bite the Japanese automaker, as it's been hampered by customer satisfaction issues relating to its XTronic CVTs, which are provided by a supplier called JATCO. From what we're ...

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    Report: Audi CVT suit settlement given green light, 64,000 cars covered
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    Audi drivers, listen up. If you bought or leased a 2002-06 model-year A4 or A6 with a factory-installed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that failed, you may be entitled to reimbursement under a recently settled class-action lawsuit with corporate parent Volkswagen. According to ...

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    Report: Judge to approve settlement of Mini CVT lawsuits
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    BMW has agreed to settle a number of class-action lawsuits out of court. The suits stem from drivetrain issues on the 2001 to 2006 R50 Mini Cooper – in particular, its continuously variable transmission. The transmission was known to fail, often without warning on otherwise healthy and ...

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    Report: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder drivers reporting loss of power, 'shuddering' [w/video] [UPDATE]
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    No one appears to have a handle on the numbers, but more than a few owners are registering the same complaint about the CVT-equipped 2013 Nissan Pathfinder: that it "shudders" and loses power when accelerating from a standstill or at low speeds. According to posters at places like Pathfinder ...

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    Official: Honda invests $470 million for new transmission plant in Mexico
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    Honda has announced that it has made an initial investment of $470 million to build a brand new transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico. For those keeping track, this is the same city that will also house Honda's new automobile manufacturing facility, which will begin production of the Fit compact ...

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    Report: 2014 Chevy Spark ditching four-speed automatic for CVT
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    According to Green Car Reports, a few minor changes are on deck for the littlest Chevrolet. Christi Landy, Chevy's small car marketing director, confirmed to GCR that the 2014 model year Spark will lose its four-speed automatic transmission in favor of a continuously variable unit. The new CVT ...

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    Official: 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot get available PowerTech six-speed auto, modest changes
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    The 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot are here, and as expected, the big news is the availability of a six-speed automatic transmission on certain models. The transmission, sourced from PowerTech (a subsidiary of Hyundai) will attempt to address the noise, vibration and harshness issues suffered by ...

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    Report: Hyundai says dual-clutch gearboxes fit brand's character better than CVTs
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    Hyundai officials are not afraid to make their views known on prevailing technologies, standing by their choices and criticizing the alternatives. Previously, the Korean automaker's fuel cell boss told reporters that EV makers "jumped the gun." Now comes word that Hyundai is sticking by ...

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    Report: Toyota planning 2.0T, more CVTs among other powertrain developments
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    Aside from its hybrid technology, Toyota has fallen behind the competition in terms of vehicle powertrains which could leave popular cars like the Toyota Camry and Toyota RAV4 lagging behind the competition. While most of its rivals have started using gasoline direct injection, turbochargers and ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Sentra priced from $15,990*
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    It has been five years since the last major redesign of the Nissan Sentra. Nissan showed the world its new, elegant design just over a month ago, and now we have been clued into the Sentra's pricing. Anyone looking to get their hands on a 2013 Nissan Sentra, in base "S 6MT" trim, will have ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #294
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    Buyers like tech, Diesel on the upswing, Hondas getting new engines, more CVTs Episode #294 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week Dan is joined by Steven Ewing, Autoblog Executive Editor Chris Paukert, and new guy George Kennedy. Topics the popularity of often-confusing technology among ...

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    Report: Honda Accord, Fit and Pilot to receive Dreamy new engines, CVTs
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    Honda is set to unveil its new "Earth Dreams" family of engines, and while the lineup will make its debut in the all-new Accord, the more efficient powertrains are poised to spread throughout the lineup. According to an Automotive News report, the direct-injected, dual overhead cam ...

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    Report: CVTs expected to more than double in popularity
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    Belts and pulleys will continue to replace traditional gears in the coming years as more carmakers turn to Continuously Variable Transmissions to suck the fun out of future machines increase fuel economy. According to a new Automotive News report, by the numbers, about one percent of new ...

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    Report: Mini sued over CVT failures. Again.
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    A group of Florida plaintiffs have come together to file a class action lawsuit against Mini. Their issue is with the reliability of the Continuously Variable Transmissions in first-generation Cooper hatchbacks from 2002-2006 and in Cooper Convertible models from 2006-2008. A cursory web search ...

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    Review: 2013 Infiniti JX35 [w/video]
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    Big Luxury That's Long On Looks Three-row crossovers are a bit like accounting departments in that every automaker has one, and there isn't much else about them that's exciting. But while most every automaker offers a crossover with seating for seven or eight, there surprisingly aren't many ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima
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    38 Special 2,500 rpm in a family sedan generally isn't a whole lot to get excited about. In fact, it's traditionally closer to idle speed than anything offering the possibility of real entertainment. But each and every one of those 2,500 revolutions in this 2013 Nissan Altima offers a frisson of ...

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    Featured: Nissan shows us its new and improved Continuously Variable Transmission
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    Finally, A CVT That Doesn't Suck Continuously variable transmissions have been the bane of our enthusiast existence since... well... forever. An endless, droning tone coupled with the dreaded "rubber band" effect has relegated the gearboxes to rolling appliances and miserable fuel misers – ...

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    Report: GM considering CVTs for small cars
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    2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors is considering the introduction of continuously variable transmissions in its next round of small cars in an effort to improve fuel efficiency. According to a report from Automotive News, the Chevrolet Cruze is ...

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    2011 Nissan Juke details, specs spilled ahead of New York intro *Updated w/video
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    2011 Nissan Juke – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Nissan's new-for-2011 Juke is set to make its North American debut at tomorrow's New York Auto Show, and the small crossover's polarizing moon-buggy styling is sure to set tongues wagging, just as it did during its global premiere at ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Subaru Hybrid Tourer concept previews Fuji Heavy's new design language
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    Subaru Hybrid Tourer -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Subaru Hybrid Tourer is sharp-nosed and an all-out sharp piece of car. The car's flat floor hides two electric motors, one aft that powers the car in low-speed acceleration and assists with acceleration, and one up front connected ...

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