OT: Car buffs, help needed

paul stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Sat Oct 31 00:28:36 EDT 2009

Thanks Igor. You're right in that continuously variable transmissions  
aren't new, but perhaps the "shift simulation" is a new wrinkle here.  
Consumers originally rejected the CVTs as a result of the unfamiliar  
On Oct 30, 2009, at 11:54 PM, 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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