OT: Car buffs, help needed

John Francis johnf at panix.com
Sat Oct 31 00:12:43 EDT 2009

That's far from a new technology.   While it's had somewhat of a
resurgence lately (my wife's 2003 MINI has the CVT transmission)
the first car I drove with such a transmission was a DAF in 1970
or so, and DAF had been building CVTs since the late '50s.

The DAF was most definitely a low-level consumer car, but the
technology is even older than that - it was used in motorcycles
almost 50 years earlier!

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:54:36PM -0400, Igor Roshchin wrote:
> 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 
> technology.
> Igor
> 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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