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January 20, 2011

JATCO Attains Cumulative Production of 10 Million for CVT

JATCO Ltd (President & CEO Shigeo Ishida, Headquartered in Fuji City, Shizuoka, Japan, Capital: 29.9353 billion yen, hereafter JATCO), a manufacturer of automatic and continuously variable transmissions (AT/CVT), has announced that its cumulative production figure for CVT has reached 10 million units over approximately 14 years since production began in 1997. This is the world’s first example of a cumulative production figure of CVT by a single manufacturer reaching the 10-million mark*.

The world’s first belt CVT with auxiliary gearbox (JF015E)

JATCO started producing the world’s first metal belt CVT (F06A) compatible with 2 liter class vehicles in 1997. Following this, the company has introduced seven models onto the market including developing and mass-producing the world’s first toroidal CVT (JR006E) in 1999, and starting production of a belt CVT for 3.5 liter class large FWD vehicles (JF011E) which still boasts the largest torque capacity in the world as belt CVT, and has attained a cumulative production figure of 10 million units over the course of approximately 14 years. In addition, in an increasing demand for CVT against a background of growing worldwide concerns about the environment and fuel efficiency, the company has expanded its area of production, having started production in Mexico in November 2005 and China in September 2009. Currently, the company is producing CVT at a total of six production bases, including four in Japan and two overseas.

Since it started manufacturing belt CVT in 1997, JATCO has maintained its leading position in the industry through consistent efforts to cultivate and develop global markets, through commercializing world-first technologies. In 2009 it introduced to the market for the first time the CVT with auxiliary gearbox, which makes use of an innovative structure. Currently JATCO is the only manufacturer that has a full lineup of CVT from mini-vehicles to 3.5 liter class vehicles. In 2009, JATCO recorded the largest share in the global CVT production at 41%.

*According to JATCO’s survey

The progress of the cumulative production of 10 million units

● July 1997

Started production of the world’s first 2liter class metal belt CVT (F06A) at the Fuji Area (Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture; then: Fuji Plan of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.)

● October 1999

Started production of the world’s first toroidal CVT (JR006E)

● April 2000

Started production at the Yagi Area (Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture, then: Yagi Plant, Kyoto Factory of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation)

● August 2002

Started production of the world’s largest 3.5 liter class metal belt CVT (JF011E)

● November 2005

Started production at JATCO México, S.A. de C.V. (Aguascalientes City, Mexico)

● August 2009

Started production of the world’s first CVT with auxiliary gearbox (JF015E)

● September 2009

Started mass production at JATCO (Guangzhou) Automatic Transmission Ltd. (Guangzhou City, China)

● December 2010

Started production at the Kakegawa Area (Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

● December 2010

Attained cumulative production of 10 million units

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