MELBOURNE, Australia – According to Peter Sinclair, the Depot Manager for Driver Coastal and formerly the national maintenance manager for the Driver Group, Allison transmissions have been embraced in particular for operational and safety benefits but also because of reduced fuel consumption, minimal maintenance and improved reliability.
“Our experience with Allison transmissions mated to Cummins engines on the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is excellent, with very good fuel economy returns. Overall, we’re anticipating substantially lower running costs with the Allison equipped buses, particularly in downtown Melbourne,” said Sinclair.
Cummins’ latest emission, ISBe5 6.7-litre, Euro 5 rated at 265hp engines have been mated to Allison T280R fully automatic transmissions and fitted to four Driver Bus Lines’ Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle vehicles – a service that operates in heavy traffic eight hours a day, every day of the year.
“We knew we had to offer a low-emissions engine solution to secure the contract, and we wanted better reliability and lower running costs over the contract period and beyond. That was behind our choice of Allison and Cummins,” said Sinclair. “We have tried automated manuals, but the reliability was not all it should have been, so we have moved back to Allison fully automatic transmissions. We have found the Allison-equipped buses to be reliable, which is important when running on tight timetables with commuters relying on the bus to arrive on time.”
Commenting on the issue of safety, Sinclair continues, “The Allison allows our drivers to focus on operating the vehicle, particularly on busy city and suburban routes.”
With no performance complaints and drivers reporting excellent acceleration enabling them to maintain speed in heavy traffic flow, it’s no surprise that of the 132 buses operated by Driver Group, more than 75 are now equipped with Allison automatics.
About Driver Group
Driver Bus Lines is a long established business dating back to 1931 when brothers Eric and Reg Driver built their first bus, a seven-seat Pontiac, and began operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Today, the business – now known as the Driver Group – is still 100 percent owned by the Driver family and operates under four trading names – Driver Bus Lines, Driver Coastal, Gray Line and Great Sights. The fleet is made up of 132 buses and coaches that provide route services, school runs, school charters, sightseeing, shuttle services and tours.
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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