Daimler Trucks North America announced it has extended its partnership with Allison Transmission Inc. through a multiyear long-term agreement. Allison Automatics will be the exclusive automatic transmission installed in all DTNA product lines, including Freightliner, Western Star, Freightliner Customer Chassis and Thomas Built Buses, and will work in conjunction with engines from DTNA’s sister company, Detroit Diesel Corp. The companies say the formal partnership provides superior engine/transmission integration in areas such as fuel efficiency and future product offerings.
“Allison Automatics are the benchmark in the medium- and heavy-duty truck industry,” says Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “Our commitment to Allison Transmission provides exceptional transmission performance and value to our customers and will strengthen our competitive position.”
Freightliner Trucks and Western Star Truck Sales Inc. recently announced plans to release Allison Optimized packages across a variety of vocational vehicles. Allison Optimized packages offer a holistic approach to configuring a vehicle’s driveline that delivers the best combination of performance, reliability, durability, fuel efficiency and driveline protection for a specific vocation/duty cycle, all within a streamlined spec’ing process.
“In partnering with Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America will offer their customers the full complement of Allison’s productivity, efficiency and performance features and benefits developed during years of experience in medium- and heavy-duty vocational markets,” says Jim Wanaselja, vice president of North American marketing, sales and service for Allison Transmission.