First vehicle of this type designed and manufactured in Argentina, equipped with an Allison automatic transmission to deliver the most efficient performance
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Agrale chose Allison Transmission, the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic commercial-duty transmissions, for its first automatic articulated bus manufactured in South America.
According to Ignacio Armendariz, sales, marketing and after-sales manager for Agrale Argentina, the combination of Allison fully automatic transmission technology and the design of the new bus affords higher levels of comfort without an increase in ticket price, delivering benefits for passengers, drivers and fleet managers.
“The incorporation of the Allison automatic transmission provided us with great benefits, such as easier operation, reduced maintenance costs, and a more comfortable ride for passengers and drivers,” said Armendariz.
Allison Automatics are essential for contributing to improved reliability and safety, which is why they are an ideal option for articulated buses. Continuous Power Technology™ not only reduces vehicle and driveline wear, but also improves comfort with a smoother ride, while allowing operators to more fully concentrate on the road since gear shifts are automatic.
“The transmission’s torque converter optimizes engine torque during vehicle launch, while gear changes are made without interrupting power,” said Roberto Larossa, Southern Cone regional manager for Allison.
“Thanks to the patented torque converter, which also reduces wear and protects the driveline, the only scheduled maintenance is for fluid and filter replacement,” said Larossa. “Reduced maintenance costs and vehicle downtime are additional benefits.”
Precise, automatic shift schedules mean increased efficiency for the large articulated buses, which operate in frequent urban stop-and-go duty cycles. This is just one reason several cities in South American Bus Rapid Transit markets are already using articulated buses with Allison fully automatic transmissions, including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru.
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SOURCE Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.