Russian bus operators experience advantages of Allison-equipped PAZ-320412

MOSCOW, Russia – About 25 guests, including representatives from public transport fleets, OEM dealers and industry journalists gathered in Nizhny Novgorod on April 11, to discover the value of Allison fully-automatic transmission technology during a demonstration organized by Allison Transmission and TZ Russkiy Avtobus, the local Russian Bus Group dealer and service center.

The event took place at Nizhny Novgorod Ring, a racing circuit designed for driving competitions, including international contests. The circuit covers an area of about 40 hectares, with a track more than 3-km long. During the test, participants had the opportunity to drive both PAZ-320412 and PAZ-3237 buses, each equipped with an Allison 2000 Series fully-automatic transmission. For comparison, a PAZ-320412 bus equipped with a manual transmission was also available for evaluation.

“Allison fully-automatic transmissions utilize engine power better and extend service brake life, reducing operational costs, which is of prime importance in the city bus duty-cycle. Besides, the Allison transmission minimizes driver training, while improving passenger comfort and safety,” said Oleg Gritsenuk, Branch Network Development Director at TZ Russkiy Avtobus.

Allison 2000 Series transmissions feature a patented torque converter, which eliminates costly clutch repair and vehicle downtime, while delivering unrivalled vehicle startability. Allison Continuous Power Technology™ ensures uninterrupted power transfer to the drive wheels during upshifts and downshifts resulting in smoother, more efficient acceleration and better use of engine braking.

Both PAZ buses are designed for high maneuverability in dense traffic, and participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand how smoothly an Allison transmission delivers engine power and allows precise driving during difficult turns or inching operation. Furthermore, Allison automatics ensure quieter bus operation, as they feature helical gearing and maintain engine speed within a narrow band. Attendees noticed reduced noise inside and outside the automatic-equipped buses.

As owner of a private transportation company which first adopted Allison automatics in Nizhny Novgorod, Armen Trdatyan knows how much of a difference these fully-automatic benefits make to his passengers and drivers. “It is easier to drive buses equipped with Allison transmissions. Drivers feel less tired, and passengers enjoy a more comfortable ride. So far, everything operates great,” confirmed Trdatyan during the test drive session.

Both PAZ automatic buses are also equipped with Cummins ISF diesel engines, complying with Euro 4 environmental standards. The buses can be equipped with a kneeling system and ramp, as well as special attachments for wheelchairs, allowing those with limited mobility to use city routes.

The 8.8-meter PAZ-320412 is suited for use on city, suburban and intercity routes or for corporate transportation. The PAZ-3237 is 7.8 meters long and features a common body with low-floor LIAZ buses to deliver comfortable entry and exit for passengers on urban routes.

PAZ-320412 and PAZ-3237 buses are now factory available with Allison fully-automatic transmission options. The Allison 2000 Series comes with a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty covering 100 percent of parts and labor costs.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary, with a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com.

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About 25 guests, including representatives from public transport fleets, OEM dealers and industry journalists gathered in Nizhny Novgorod on April 11, to discover the value of Allison fully-automatic transmission technology.

Participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand how smoothly an Allison automatic transmission delivers engine power and allows precise driving control during difficult turns or inching operation.

The PAZ-320412 medium-sized bus and small PAZ-3237 city bus, both equipped with Allison fully-automatic transmissions, were showcased. A PAZ-320412 bus equipped with a manual transmission was also available for comparison.

This PAZ-320412 bus, equipped with an Allison 2000 Series fully-automatic transmission, features a patented torque converter, which eliminates costly clutch repair and vehicle downtime, while delivering unrivalled vehicle startability.

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Jun 04, 2013

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,600 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.