TOKYO, November, 2019 - Allison Transmission Japan and Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Co. Ltd jointly celebrated the delivery of the 10,000th T-model on Mitsubishi Fuso’s bus. The ceremony was held at the Isehara Branch of Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu.
“Thanks to Allison AutomaticsTM, drivers are very satisfied with the ease of driving and are happy to be free from the fatigue of operating manuals,” said Shigehiro Kaneko, Director Executive Vice President, Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu. “They
can simply focus on driving safely and providing a smooth and comfortable riding experience to customers. We look forward to Allison’s future technical developments.”
Allison has been offering its T-model transmissions to Japanese OEMs since August 2000. The first Allison T-model was equipped on the Mitsubishi Fuso’s Aero Star diesel engine city bus, and further released on CNG buses the following year. In 2005,
Isuzu selected the Allison T-model for its ERGA bus. Following Isuzu, Hino also equipped their Blue Ribbon bus with the Allison T- model. The Allison fully automatic transmissions were greatly appreciated by bus drivers throughout the country because
of the smooth upshifts and acceleration.
When Mitsubishi Fuso decided to release the Allison fully automatic transmission as the standard transmission in 2010, an increasing number of bus companies adopted buses equipped with Allison automatic transmissions. Driver recruitment was easier and
their training and education period was shorter compared to drivers of buses that have manual transmissions. The selection of buses equipped with Allison automatic transmissions has become one of the key solutions to the driver shortage in the Japanese
“We received various comments from bus operators at the beginning of launching the city bus with the Allison fully automatic transmission in 2010. Allison Japan has sincerely listened to voices of customers and provided continuous improvement in
its product and appropriate after-sales services,” said Rokuro Komatsu, Manager of Fuso Bus Region Sales Management & After Sales, Fuso Bus Marketing & Sales Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. “As a result, bus operators
comment that Allison automatics are indispensable for their operation in today’s environment. Furthermore, Allison Automatics are irreplaceable in solving the driver shortage issue due to aging bus drivers and an increasing number of female
Amidst the current engine downsizing trend in the bus industry, Allison Automatics are highly valued for the ability to deliver both extremely smooth shifts and powerful acceleration with smaller engines. This is because of the multiplication capability
of the torque converter. Furthermore, Allison fully automatics are seen as the best solution for complying with the Japanese 2015 fuel efficiency standards for heavy vehicles. Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ transmits uninterrupted
torque to the wheels when shifting gears and producing
a smooth and powerful driving performance. By learning the optimum gear changes in its duty cycle, it shifts smoothly and ensures bus passengers ride in comfort. As burdensome manual gear shifting is not required, the drivers not only can fully concentrate
on safe driving, which is their greatest responsibility, but also helps to reduce the stress and fatigue of driving buses.
“In order to respond to the increasing demand for automatic transmissions, Allison Transmission will continue to provide durable products and after-sales service to support the smooth and punctual operation of city buses as an important means of
public transportation for Japan,” said Ashwin Gopalaswamy, President of Allison Transmission Japan.
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