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CVTs are out there. It seems Nissan likes them.

I know people tend to be more comfortable with the "feel" of shifting, but that can be simulated with a CVT with some corresponding loss of efficiency.

And CVTs have had application constraints in terms of the maximum vehicle weight, but that's not really a big factor now except for pick-ups.

Bottom line, I don't really know why we don't see more CVTs. Speculation? Maybe cost.... maybe automatic gear designs are cheaper to build than cones and belts. I know that automatic geared transmissions are darn cheap.... a lot cheaper than it will cost you if you have to buy one at the dealer.

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