OT: Car buffs, help needed

Igor Roshchin str at komkon.org
Fri Oct 30 23:54:36 EDT 2009

Sorry, Paul, - it might not be exactly what you a looking for, but 
I thought I'd share this thought.

This is not the cutting-edge technology, but it is something I am
rather impressed from the technical point of view: the stepless
transmission in mid-consumer-level passenger cars (e.g. Nissan Rogue,
Nissan Versa). 

I heard about their existence several years ago, and I heard
that some companies have been simulating gear-shifting (the jerky
motion) on top of it, but I didn't appreciate that they appeared
in mid-to-low level consumer cars.
They came to the market so quietly that many consumers (including
technically-reasonable ones) don't even know about existence of such 


On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 04:13:55PM -0400, paul stenquist wrote:
> What's the latest gee-whiz technology in the auto biz. Looking for  
> topics that are unusual and somewhat obscure. For example the ceramic  
> brake disc is potentially a good topic, the hydrogen fuel cell  is  
> probably not. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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