Celebrating A Century Of Reliability

As the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions, Allison Transmission has a lot to celebrate during its 100-year anniversary. Allison has a rich history within our home community in Indianapolis and is working to become a bigger part of the communities we serve around the globe.


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Lower costs, easier maintenance

Allison makes transmission care easy and less costly. Routine oil and filter changes are the only regular maintenance required with an Allison Automatic.

With Allison Prognostics, you can take the guesswork and hassle out of scheduling routine vehicle maintenance. This Smart Control feature allows you to quickly monitor oil life, filter life and transmission health. This saves time and money while providing maximum protection for the transmission. That means less downtime, lower life cycle costs and, best of all, greater in-service time for the vehicles in your fleet. 

And if ever needed, our global network of authorized service locations will provide the Allison authorized service you expect.

With transmissions, it all comes down to overall value. When you factor in maintenance, operating costs and increased productivity, Allison Automatic-equipped vehicles have been shown to provide more benefits than a comparable, competitively-equipped vehicle. Overall, our transmissions provide a greater value across a vehicle’s life cycle.

Improved maneuverability

Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ allows our fully automatic transmissions to simply and smoothly deliver uninterrupted engine power to the wheels, letting the driver focus on handling and maneuvering the vehicle. With an Allison, there are no hesitations or jerks during gearshifts. The smooth acceleration allows the vehicle operation to be easy and stress free while keeping your load protected. The ease of operating your vehicle and the increased safety will be evident – inching will be simple, and the rollback experienced with a manual clutch will be a distant memory.

Better fuel efficiency

With an Allison Automatic, you can achieve an optimum level of fuel economy and performance. Our transmissions offer load-based shift schedules to automatically enhance fuel savings or add more power when needed. In “economy mode,” the transmission shifts at lower engine speeds to provide fuel savings, and upshifts at higher speeds for greater acceleration when required for the vehicle load and road conditions.

Furthermore, choosing the Allison Automatic that best fits your duty cycle may allow you to downsize your engine to further reduce costs, emissions and fuel consumption. And for companies that are environmentally conscious, Allison Automatics help lower emissions and improve vehicle performance when paired with alternative fuel powered vehicles. This makes our transmissions the clear choice for your business.

Greater productivity

Our transmissions drive greater productivity. Allison Automatics provide smooth, seamless power to the engine due to our Continuous Power Technology ™, which results in quicker route times, more deliveries and the opportunity for increased profits.

Allison believes durability is a key factor in productivity. A vehicle sitting in the shop is costing you money – repairs are expensive and productivity is lost. That’s why Allison has worked to build some of the most reliable transmissions in the world. They’re built to last and they don’t experience the same wear and tear that manual or automated manual transmissions (AMTs) experience with a starting clutch. Allison Automatics will help keep your vehicle in service and out of the shop.

100 Years of Business

Allison Transmission traces its corporate lineage back to the founding of the Indianapolis Speedway Team Company on September 14, 1915. As a co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and part owner of several racing teams, James A. Allison, a prominent innovator and entrepreneurial businessman, established a precision machine shop and experimental firm on Main Street in Speedway called the Allison Experimental Company to support his racing endeavors.

In the years that followed, the company evolved from working on race cars to becoming a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, locomotive products, and, beginning in the mid-1940s, automatic transmissions.

As a tribute to the company’s 100 years of excellence, Allison Transmission celebrated its centennial throughout 2015 with a variety of special events and activities.


“Our company was founded on the values of innovation, quality and reliability. Although 100 years have passed, I’m very proud to say those remain our driving values today. With our products and services, we are improving the way the world works.”

—Lawrence E. Dewey, Chairman and CEO

A Year of Festivities

December 1, 2014 – Honored by the Indiana Historical Society with a Centennial Business Award at their annual Founders Day event; Added to their Historic Business Register

January 27, 2015 – Honored by elected officials of the Indiana Statehouse with a House Concurrent Resolution, authored by Rep. Karlee Macer and supported by Sen. Michael Young

February 2015 – Sponsored essay contest for students at James A. Allison Elementary School in Speedway, with a winner selected from each grade

March 2015 – Announced the creation and sponsorship of two new digital ‘journeys’ for the Destination Indiana exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society (also available online), one featuring the life of founder James A. Allison and the other featuring the history of Allison Transmission

April 20, 2015 – Honored by the Indianapolis City-County Council with a Special Resolution, authored by Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer

April 22, 2015 – Honored by Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Committee (IEDC) with a Century Award at a ceremony in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse

April 2015 – Announced the creation of a historical digital collection of newsletters, brochures, advertisements, press releases and selected photographs in a public searchable database, developed in collaboration with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library Center for Digital Scholarship

May 2015 – Sponsored CFH Racing’s No. 20 IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driven by Luca Filippi for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on May 9 and driven by Ed Carpenter for the Indianapolis 500 on May 24

May 7, 2015 – Hosted a dedication ceremony for the Allison Machine Shop Historical Marker on Main Street in Speedway, where the original building still stands (the State of Indiana Historical Marker Program is administered by the Indiana Historical Bureau)

June 15-25, 2015 – Sponsored an employee house build for a Speedway family in need

August 2015 – Awarded 100 scholarships of $500 each to students at Indiana colleges and universities for the 2015 fall semester, in addition to three annual scholarships of $5,000 each also awarded

August 7, 2015 – Dedicated architectural water feature at One Allison Way, built in the shape of the torque converter symbol in the company logo

August 10, 2015 – Honored by the Town of Speedway with a proclamation

September 8, 2015 – Recognized by Indiana Congressman Andre Carson with remarks entered into the Congressional Record

September 12, 2015 – Hosted Centennial Celebration open house event for employees and their families

Marking 100 Years Of Innovation

As a part of our centennial celebration, the Indiana General Assembly acknowledged Allison Transmission’s role in shaping the future of a city and the world.

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"Thank you for your community service, for being excellent corporate citizens and for all that you’ve contributed to our economy, to our people, and to our institutions. These past 100 years have made Speedway what we are."
Ian Nicolini, Town Manager, Speedway, IN