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Nissan Cedric / Gloria Wins RJC's "New
Car of the Year" and
Nissan Extroid CVT Wins RJC's "Technology of the Year"
On November 15 the test drive session and the final voting of the
RJC's New Car of the Year and Technology of the Year of 1999-2000
were held at the Japan Automobile Research Institute in Ibaraki
As a result, Nissan Cedric / Gloria won the "New Car of the
Year," and the Extroid CVT installed in the Cedric/Gloria
captured the "Technology of the Year."
<The reason : New Car of the Year >
The jury defined the Nissan Cedric/Gloria as a high quality
luxury car with cutting edge design. It is a convincing sporty
sedan-they judged- with smooth driving performance enhanced by
the world first application of the Extroid CVT mated with a large
<The reason : Technology of the Year>
RJC highly appreciated the significance of the commercialization
of the Extroid CVT, the revolutionary transmission. Nissan's
Extroid CVT is a showcase of the CVT technologies which will lead
the new era of powertrain in the 21 century.
The results of the final voting are as follows,
<RJC New Car of the Year>
1. Nissan Cedric / Gloria
2. Toyota Vitz / Platz
3. Honda Insight
4. Mazda MPV
5. Honda S2000
6. Toyota Crown/Majesta/Athlete
<RJC Technology of the Year>
1. Extroid CVT ( Nissan Cedric/Gloria)
2. iMA system ( Honda Insight)
3. 1- litre VVTi engine (Toyota Vitz)
4. Vehicle Distance Control IHCC (Honda Avancia)
5. Open body ( Honda S2000)
6. The Air Filter with Aldehyde Avoiding Function (Mazda Premacy)
<Import Car of the Year>
1. Peugeot 206
2. VW Beetle
3. Jaguar S Type
4. Audi TT Coupe
5. VW Bora
6. Audi S4 Quattro
7. Mercedes Benz S class
Overview of the Cedric / Gloria and Extroid CVT
<Cedric / Gloria>
Ever since the Gloria debuted in 1959 and the Cedric in 1960,
these distinguished models have continued to be ardently favored
by many customers as premium-quality sedans. The newly released
Cedric and Gloria have been developed around the concept of
"a new-generation luxury personal sedan that provides fresh
excitement every time you see it and drive it."
Since the announcement of the new model last June, Cedric/ Gloria
has won high accolades for its cutting edge design, driving
performance of the direct injection engine, quietness, high level
of environmental friendliness and safety performance.
"Extroid CVT", the world's first CVT that is applicable
even to rear-wheel-drive cars fitted with a large engine was
adopted on Cedric/Gloria as of November 8 th, and has already
gained fame and respect as a breakthrough technology.
The Extroid CVT adopts an original ratio change method, different
from the conventional CVT, whereby the engine's power is
transmitted to an input disc, whose rotational motion is
transferred to an output disc by means of power rollers. By
integrating these cutting-edge technologies, the Extroid CVT
achieves unprecedentedly quick ratio change response to deliver
an exhilarating feeling of acceleration along with notably quiet,
smooth driving performance, in addition to providing
exceptionally low fuel consumption, increasing 10% comparing the
conventional automatic transmissions.
(Established in 1991, this will be the 9th anniversary)
Official Title: Automotive Researcher & Journalist's
Conference of Japan
-for Japanese cars : The main award named "New Car of the
-Technical Award: "Technology of the Year"
-Award for People: "Person of the Year"
-Imported Car Award: "Imported Car of the Year"
Members are selected in two categories and belong to either the
Selection Committee or the Research Committee. The Selection
Committee members vote for the awards.
[Chairman: Taihei OGUCHI, Dean of Shibaura Institute of
-Members of the Selection Committee:
Composed of 67 members with only several automobile critics.
The membership includes university professors, lawyers,
designers, cameramen and other representatives of various
Main members of the Selection Committee:
Kazuhiko Mitsumoto, Hiroshi Hoshijima, Goro Suzuki and Atsuhiko
Awards received by Nissan in past years:
The March was selected in 1992 New Car of the Year.
Nissan has not received this award after 1992.