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JATCO to exhibit in Auto Shanghai 2017

JATCO Ltd (President: Teruaki Nakatsuka, Headquarters: Fuji City, Shizuoka, Capital: JPY 29.9353 billion yen, hereinafter “JATCO”), the global No.1 continuously variable transmission (CVT) manufacturer, will exhibit at the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (hereinafter “Auto Shanghai 2017”) beginning in Shanghai on April 21 (booth number: 5BC131). As the leading CVT manufacturer, JATCO holds approximately 40% of the global market share.

Prior to the commencement of the event, President Nakatsuka commented that “environmental needs are growing amid steady expansion of China’s 2-pedal market, and the innovativeness and potential of CVT technology, which simultaneously achieves superior environmental and driving performance, is being recognized.” He also noted that “JATCO has positioned China as an important market for the realization of our global growth strategy, and we are confident that we can contribute to the advancement of China’s automotive society.”

President and CEO Teruaki Nakatsuka in Shanghai, commenting on business in the Chinese market

JATCO surpassed 30 million units in cumulative CVT production in 2016, becoming the first independent manufacturer in the world to reach this level. It is also the only manufacturer worldwide that offers a full lineup of CVTs for vehicles ranging from mini class to large 3.5-liter class, and the company has consistently boasted a top global share.

JATCO’s booth on the first press day

JATCO currently manufactures CVTs at 6 plants in 4 countries around the world. In China, the company established JATCO (Guangzhou) Automatic Transmission Ltd. (hereinafter “JATCO Guangzhou”), which commenced CVT production in 2009. Currently, JATCO Guangzhou is manufacturing major models such as the “Jatco CVT7 W/R”, used in Nissan’s Lannia, the “Jatco CVT7”, and the “Jatco CVT8”. Annual production capacity is one million units, with products deployed in Nissan’s Murano, Teana, Sylphy, and many other models. One in every five of the 2-pedal vehicles sold in the Chinese market is equipped with a CVT.

Because the CVT can change speed without altering the number of engine rotations and maintains operation in the fuel efficient zone when the car drives, a high level of environmental performance (improvement in fuel consumption) and driving performance are simultaneously achieved. As the need for environmental consideration increases, the innovativeness and potential of CVT technology is gaining recognition in the Chinese market as well, and the CVT was registered as a recommended item in the Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries in 2015. JATCO positions China as a vital market for the realization of its global growth strategy.

At the end of March 2017, the company’s cumulative global production of stepped automatic transmissions (step ATs) and CTVs since commencing production of step ATs at Nissan’s Yoshiwara Plant (subsequently renamed Fuji Plant), a precursor of JATCO, exceeded 100 million units. JATCO aims to further refine its high level of technological capability and product quality, backed by a proven track record, and satisfy the needs of its customers in China and the global market.

Overview of JATCO’s exhibit at Auto Shanghai 2017:
  1. “Jatco CVT7 W/R” for small FF vehicles (cut section model)
  2. “Jatco CVT7” for mini and small FF vehicles (cut section model)
  3. “Jatco CVT8” for medium and large FF vehicles (cut section model)
  4. “Jatco CVT8 HYBRID” for medium and large FF vehicles (cut section model)
  5. 7-speed AT for medium and large FR vehicles (cut section model)
  6. Transmission for FR hybrid vehicles (cut section model)
  7. 4-speed AT for small FF vehicles (cut section model)
  8. 5-speed AT for medium and large FR vehicles
  9. CVT virtual driving (virtual reality trial area)
10. CVT operating prototype