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COBUS 3000 and Allison Transmission: smooth and safe transport to the aeroplane   Print  
The COBUS 3000 is exclusively equipped with an Allison fully automatic transmission and is in service at 345 airports in 92 countries. Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Most travellers requiring airside bus transportation enjoy the smooth combination of a COBUS airport bus and an Allison fully automatic transmission

MAINZ, GERMANY – Singapore, London, Beijing, Barcelona, Moscow, Dresden…. the COBUS airport bus by Wiesbaden-based Contrac GmbH provides safe and comfortable passenger transportation at around 345 airports in 92 countries. Last year, 286 COBUS 3000 model buses – exclusively equipped with the Allison 2000 Series fully automatic transmission since 2005 – were delivered all over the world. With more than 2,700 COBUS buses sold in total, the company enjoys a dominant 90 percent share of the global airport bus market.


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Over leaned automotive supply chains stretched to breaking point by recovering manufacturing volumes   Print  
New types of contingency planning are required if expensive supply chain failures are to be avoided, warns Evolution Time Critical Wednesday, 25th November 2009

New types of contingency planning are required if expensive supply chain failures are to be avoided, warns leading specialist

Record levels of automotive supply chain failures are raising questions about the ability of existing planning techniques to cope with recovering manufacturing volumes. According to one specialist, today’s best-practice analysis and contingency planning systems are no longer sufficient to prevent delays in deliveries, which in the auto industry can result in losses of up to €1million every minute if a production line has to be stopped.


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New Allison 2nd Reverse provides greater control, manoeuvrability and performance for heavy-duty applications   Print  
Allison Transmission has introduced its 2nd Reverse on all Allison 4700 and 4800 models for greater control and engine braking during operation on steep grades. Wednesday, 25th November 2009

Bangalore, India – As part of an ongoing product optimisation initiative, Allison Transmission is introducing a 2nd Reverse gear on all Allison 4700 and 4800 models for the 2010 model year.  This new feature offers a second ‘deep reverse’ in addition to the standard reverse to provide greater control and engine braking during operation on steep grades. 2nd Reverse will also enable increased manoeuvrability when operating in confined spaces, allowing quicker operation cycles and thereby boosting productivity performance.


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SINGLE LOW COST FORGING INVESTMENT YIELDS MANY DIFFERENT WHEEL STYLES. PROVIDES FAST, LOW COST LAUNCH OF NEW WHEEL PROGRAMMES   Print  
Alcoa?s forged blanks help manufacturers differentiate high-end niche models by providing multiple styles without multiple tooling. Tuesday, 24th November 2009

Alcoa solves the problem of how to launch multiple new wheel programmes quickly with no repeat capital investment.

In the current market crisis OEMs need to revitalise the appeal of their cars and prompt new car sales, but with minimal or no investment to help reduce costs.  Adding new wheel programmes to a model range can often change the look and feel of the car and help improve the desirability of that car.  Alcoa’s flexible manufacturing process can now offer car makers the opportunity to launch these new wheels, not only in a rapid time scale, but also at low cost.


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Flybus project aims to cut fuel costs and emissions for new and existing buses   Print  
Torotrak-led Flybus project aims to cut fuel costs and emissions for new and existing buses. Tuesday, 24th November 2009

Torotrak-led team targets twenty percent fuel saving using mechanical hybrid system

The government-backed Technology Strategy Board is to help fund a new £1-million British-led 'green research' programme involving a flywheel-based mechanical hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for fitment to buses and commercial vehicles.


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Munich fire brigade orders 58 new vehicles with fully automatic Allison transmissions   Print  
The vanguard: Mercedes-Benz Atego with Allison?s 3000 Series fully automatic transmission on the premises of Iveco Magirus in Weisweil, Germany, shortly before the delivery to the Munich fire brigade. Friday, 20th November 2009

Allison-equipped Mercedes-Benz Atego fire engines are specified for the municipal and auxiliary fire brigades following extensive comparison tests with AMTs

Munich – Allison Transmission, the premier global provider of commercial duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, is supplying 58 3000R Series transmissions to the Munich fire brigade as part of an order for new Mercedes-Benz Atego fire-fighting vehicles.


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DELPHI?S PLASTIC CASE RADIO DESIGN WINS SOCIETY OF PLASTIC ENGINEERS INNOVATION AWARD   Print  
Tuesday, 17th November 2009

Delphi climate control named category winner and cable products named competition finalist

TROY, Mich — Delphi Corporation’s ultra light radio design with insert-molded electro magnetic compatibility (EMC) shielding, available on Chevrolet and GMC full size pick-ups and sport utility vehicles, won top recognition at the 39th Annual SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards ceremony, Thursday in Livonia, Michigan. The competition, conducted by the automotive division of the Society of Plastics Engineers International, honors the most innovative use of plastics in automotive applications.


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Zircotec offers classic car owners a 20 per cent discount on its new flexible coating at the NEC Classic Motor Show   Print  
Zircotec?s new lightweight flexible ceramic heat shield material offers robust thermal protection for classic road and race cars Wednesday, 11th November 2009

Visitors to the Classic Motor Show will be able to purchase Zircotec’s new flexible ceramic heat shield, ZircoFlex, from stand number 2T9 at a discounted show price

Classic car owners and enthusiasts attending the Classic Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC will have the opportunity to hear about the dramatic heat reduction properties of Zircotec’s new ceramic coating, ZircoFlex™, and will even be able to buy the new coating at a discounted show price by visiting the Zircotec stand. On sale for the first time at a motor show, the new lightweight heat shield is thought to be the first of its kind and has been proven to reduce surface temperatures by up to 64 per cent. The firm will be offering a price of £70 (inclusive of VAT) per sheet to visitors throughout the three-day show, representing a discount of more than 20 percent compared to its standard pricing.


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Professional racing simulator used by Formula One teams is the ultimate Christmas gift for the serious motorsport enthusiast   Print  
Cruden B.V. ? the world?s leading designer and manufacturer of interactive motion-based racing simulators ? is making its new, seriously addictive ?120,000 Hexatech simulator available to private individuals. Wednesday, 11th November 2009

Simulator company Cruden makes its new, seriously addictive £120,000 Hexatech simulator – provided either as a single or three-seater – available to private individuals

AMSTERDAM – Cruden B.V. – the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of interactive motion-based racing simulators – is offering its new racing simulator as an extreme alternative to popular home gaming equipment for affluent motorsport and performance driving enthusiasts. The Hexatech – a professional full motion simulator with six ‘degrees of freedom’ (6DOF), realistic g-Force simulation up to multiple g’s, seat belt tensioners and 100 per cent realistic steering feedback – is normally found in top secret Formula One factories and automotive research centres. Now, this same sophisticated equipment can provide the definitive motorsport experience at home, with prices for the base simulator package starting at £120,000.


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Carraro DriveTech previews new transaxle concept incorporating Torotrak?s variable transmission technology   Print  
Innovative VaryT transaxle, shown here in tractor application form, delivers significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions, together with better productivity and control for agricultural and off-highway applications. Monday, 9th November 2009

9 November 09, Agritechnica Exhibition, Hannover

Carraro DriveTech previews new transaxle concept incorporating Torotrak’s variable transmission technology
Innovative transaxle delivers significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions, together with better productivity and control for agricultural and off-highway applications

A highly innovative toroidal infinitely variable transmission (IVT) that claims to be the most efficient of its type has been unveiled at Agritechnica by Carraro DriveTech. The Italian company, a licensee of Torotrak and a leader in the development and production of agricultural and materials handling transmissions, claims the VaryT concept will provide important reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions whilst also increasing productivity and driver comfort.


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