MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Founded in 1930, La Compañía de Omnibus de Pando S.A (COPSA) was the first passenger transport company in Uruguay, now moving 2,600,000 passengers each month. COPSA recently acquired 38 Yutong buses, all equipped with Allison automatic transmissions. Another transport company, Corporación Ómnibus Micro Este S.A (COME), recently purchased 10 new Yutong vehicles, adding to the fleet of Allison-equipped buses already circulating in Uruguay.
However, Union Cooperativa Obrera del Transporte (UCOT) is probably the most illustrative example of Allison’s successful integration into Uruguay’s bus market. After more than 30 years of using patented Allison technology, UCOT recently acquired 20 additional vehicles (Agrale MT17.0s) equipped with Allison T270 transmissions. Today, UCOT’s entire fleet is equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions, many of which have driven over 1 million kilometers without having ever been replaced.
Enrique Garabato, service manager for the cooperative, remembers the first Allison-equipped buses added to his fleet. “It was back in 1980, and ever since, the performance of Allison automatic transmissions has never stopped amazing me.”
Garabato added that the main strengths of Allison transmissions are not only “that they require so little maintenance, but also the durability.” He went on to add that the first Allison transmissions beat any expectations he had for durability, saying, “They last long, and they do it with unbeatable performance.”
Service manager Garabato went on to give a firsthand account: “One of our Allison-equipped vehicles actually worked for more than 850,000kms without needing to change the brake linings, while other buses without the Allison would normally require linings to be changed every 40,000 or 50,000kms. The retarder is a key component.”
Around the world, buses equipped with Allison automatic transmissions are known for helping to maintain a steady flow of traffic, because they can accelerate and brake quickly, smoothly and with more precision, a key advantage in urban areas with heavy traffic. Since manual gear changes are unnecessary, drivers experience fewer distractions and less fatigue, resulting in greater passenger safety and comfort.
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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