who1975 wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:53 pm
I know that Nissan/Infiniti is way behind on tech compared to other car companies as well. But they do have a very loyal following.
Nissan is behind on some stuff, ahead on others. Yeah-yeah, I know Bosch can't seem to get Nissan's Car-Play right, but consider this: We had our first '19 Altima roll in the other day with 150K on the odo. You should realize the significance of that. Peugeot, Saab, Chevy, there have been plenty of attempts at variable compression, all ultimately failures due to reliability issues
. To be honest, when the '19's first arrived, I was thoroughly prepared for a parade of them with early engine failure. It hasn't happened, and the fact is, the Nissan VC system is it
. The holy grail. Simple and strong enough to last as long as any other engine, but wow, are good things going to come from it when people discover the power of ramping compression instead of messing with the waste gate. Like a CVT for turbochargers, match the curve and zip-zip. Until somebody comes out with a fuel-cell EV that you can gas with methane and be on your way, this engine is just plain superior.
Every OE has its abject failures, and also its sterling victories. Nissan has flat-out won the race to a practical
VC, and we've only seen the tiniest hints of its potential.