KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation is bringing five Class 8 trucks with the company’s new UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions to this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, in Louisville, KY, for a special test drive event. Attendees can sign up for the demonstration drive at the Roadranger® booth # 32175 in the South Hall.
On March 31 and April 1, attendees will have the option of test driving vehicles from a mix of truck makers in linehaul, heavy-haul and vocational chassis configurations that have been built with UltraShift PLUS transmissions.
“I’ve driven manual transmissions for more than 26 years, and can tell you the UltraShift PLUS takes truck driving to a whole new level,” said Forrest Powers, Eaton’s test track engineering technician and demo driver. “For example, the UltraShift PLUS removes the stress of trying to find that proper gear to climb a hill. I never get tired of hearing the positive comments from customers after I take them on a test drive.”
Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS family includes the following transmission platforms:
• Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS);
• Multipurpose High Performance (MHP);
• Multipurpose Extreme Performance (MXP);
• Vocational Construction Series (VCS);
• Vocational Multipurpose Series (VMS); and Vocational Extreme Performance (VXP) models.
Each platform is configured to meet the safety, performance, reliability, profitability and driver comfort needs for specific applications.
All of Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS transmissions, available in overdrive and direct-drive models, feature a new self-adjusting electronic clutch actuator for fast, smooth engagements. Intelligent shift selection software employs grade sensing, weight computation and driver throttle commands to make shift decisions for efficient, safe and profitable vehicle performance. Unlimited gross combination weight is available with 18-speed platforms. Other benefits include:
• a Hill Start Aid feature to prevent rolling while on steep grades and allow for a controlled launch;
• automatic, manual and low mode selections offer control options to the driver;
• a creep feature for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control;
• six- and eight-bolt, as well as thru-shaft power take off (PTO) available; and
• an oil level sight glass to easily check fluid levels.
For more information on Eaton transmissions and other Roadranger® products and services, visit www.roadranger.com, where the latest product information is available, as well as service, parts and training assistance, 24 hours a day. Experts are available in the Roadranger Call Center by dialing 1-800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357.
Roadranger® is a marketing alliance of Dana Holding Corporation, Eaton Corporation and other trusted partners, providing a complete line of drivetrain components, systems, lubricants, safety products and service tools, including manual and automatic transmissions, hybrid power systems, clutches, driveshafts, steer and drive axles, brakes, and tire pressure management systems. Truck makers, dealers, owners and service providers are supported by the Roadranger support team – providing specification assistance, training, service, parts and warranty expertise throughout North America.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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(269) 342-3533, TracySwartzendruber@Eaton.com