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Leader in Road and Public Utilities Machinery Equips Vehicles with Fully Automatic Allison Transmissions

Fully automatic Allison 4000 SeriesTM

Merkator Holding, a Russian leading manufacturer of multipurpose road machinery for highway cleaning and public utilities machines, has modified its vehicles based on KAMAZ 6520 chassis together with Allison Transmission: they replaced the OE-built gear box with the fully automatic Allison 4000 SeriesTM.

MOSCOW, Russia, November 2019 – Allison Transmission is well-known for its propulsion solutions in a variety of applications. Vehicles with fully automatic Allison transmissions have a global reputation for reliability, maneuverability, fuel efficiency, as well as comfortable operation and low cost of ownership. As part of extending its presence in the municipal sector, Allison Transmission proposed to launch a pilot modification for Merkator Holding, a leader of the Russian market of road and public utilities machinery. The proposal was to regear one of the company’s vehicles with a fully automatic Allison transmission.

The representatives of Merkator Holding grew very interested in the project, which resulted in the modification of a KAMAZ 6520-based multipurpose road vehicle with a solid deicer distributor BUCHER KH. The vehicle is used for accelerated road maintenance in winter, particularly, for cleaning pavement of snow and dispersing friction materials and/or dry agents at the same time. According to a company representative, this vehicle is an embodiment of a reliable vehicle concept to be operated for at least 10 years without major expense.

“Of course, we are well acquainted with Allison and its solutions,” said Alexey Cherepanov, Head of Merkator Holding development department. That’s exactly why we did not fear at all to modify our multipurpose road machinery. If we are impressed with the operational results involving Allison automatic transmissions, it will be a good reason for us to think about putting Allison automatics in our machines already on the conveyor.”

The modified vehicle is planned to operate in Kaluga where fuel efficiency and operation cost will be estimated, and comfortability and performance of the machine will be assessed. Future collaboration between the two companies will be considered once testing is complete.

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Nov 19, 2019

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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 electric 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 2,900 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