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All seeing commercial vehicles improve safety   Print  
Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking Tuesday, 1st September 2009

Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking

A device to see around blind corners and provide a “top view” will help drivers to manoeuvre trucks and buses more safely. Alpine’s Multi Camera technology is linked with a navigation database offering the ability to see all aspects of the vehicle and its surroundings, eliminating dangerous blind spots.


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Allison reaches 10,000 automatic transmissions in Buenos Aires   Print  
Agrale bus in Buenos Aires, equipped with  the Allison S2100 transmission Friday, 28th August 2009

10,000th bus equipped with Allison transmission is supplied in major Latin American metropolis

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allison Transmission, the premier global supplier of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, has reached the important milestone of fitting 10,000 transmissions to city buses in the capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires – which has one of the most modern public transportation fleets in Latin America – requires the use of automatic transmissions in all city buses due to safety, ease of operation, reliability and efficiency benefits. Equipping its buses with Allison transmissions allows safe, smooth and reliable passenger transportation every day.


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Greyhound orders new buses equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions as part of plan to redefine leisure travel   Print  
Greyhound Lines, Inc. has ordered 174 Prevost X3-45 buses equipped with Allison?s B500 fully automatic trans-missions as part of an eventual entire fleet replacement programme Friday, 28th August 2009

Allison Transmission supports Greyhound – North America’s largest provider of intercity bus transportation – to deliver improved passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and reliability

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – In its continued commitment to offer the best in leisure bus transportation, Greyhound Lines, Inc. has ordered 174 Prevost X3-45 buses equipped with Allison’s B500 fully automatic transmissions. The new premium touring buses, designed to provide a smoother and more comfortable riding experience, are fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly and easy to operate and maintain. Greyhound plans to replace its entire nationwide fleet with more fuel-efficient buses over time. One hundred and two have already debuted on its routes from New York to Montreal, Toronto and Boston.


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BERU f1systems launches US operations   Print  
Steve Stover is heading up BERU f1systems? operations in the US Thursday, 27th August 2009

New dedicated sales and engineering support in the US for motorsport customers

BERU f1systems is launching a North American operation to support customers and expand sales of its renowned performance engineering solutions. With an initial emphasis on the company’s core professional motorsport market, UK-headquartered BERU f1systems seeks to increase local customer support for its tyre pressure monitoring systems – including its new revolutionary infra-red technology, composites,  wiring harnesses and strain gauging equipment, among other components and systems for which it is known in international motorsport categories including NASCAR, ALMS and IndyCar.


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Radical new chair uses recyclable ARPRO? to provide ultra-modern look and huge range of customer choices   Print  
ARPRO?s combination of strength and resilience allows the two halves of the Snap chair to simply snap together Wednesday, 26th August 2009

Innovative furniture designer Karim Rashid has used ARPRO to create a fabulous range of chairs for Antwerp-based furniture brand FEEK. Each chair is made from a light-weight steel frame supporting two ARPRO pieces that snap together to form the seat and backrest. Customers can choose the colour of each side individually and the complete chair is recyclable.


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XPart celebrates its fifth anniversary with worldwide MG Rover parts availability   Print  
Parts distribution specialist XPart continues to ensure the worldwide supply of MG Rover parts five years on from acquiring MG Rover?s parts business Tuesday, 25th August 2009

Parts distribution specialist XPart continues to ensure the worldwide supply of MG Rover parts five years on from acquiring MG Rover’s parts business

As XPart celebrates its fifth anniversary on 27th August 2009, motor traders around the globe are still able to service and repair MG Rover cars using genuine parts, thanks to the company’s continuing efforts to ensure a steady supply of parts in the wake of the manufacturer’s collapse in April 2005. Having acquired the MG Rover parts business in August 2004, XPart has worked tirelessly to maintain high levels of availability across all major product groups, helping to provide business continuity for over 700 MG Rover dealers worldwide and establishing a strong global network of importers, wholesalers and MG Rover specialist AutoService centres, 250 of whom are based in the UK.


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Torque Developments International offers customers Zircotec plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings   Print  
Torque Developments International has expanded its range of services to include plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings from Zircotec, having been impressed with the increase in performance achieved when trialling the product on its Lotus Europa car Tuesday, 25th August 2009

Performance tuning specialist Torque Developments International has expanded its range of offerings to include plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings from Zircotec

Torque Developments International (TDI) is now able to offer customers plasma-spray ceramic coatings from thermal barrier specialist Zircotec. Under the new reseller agreement, TDI will be able to add Zircotec’s coatings to its range of services, helping performance car owners to protect vital components from excessive temperatures. The move to make the coatings more widely accessible comes as heat management solutions become increasingly important to improving performance and reliability. Applied to exhaust system components, the ThermoHold® based ceramic coatings significantly reduce heat loss, while preventing damage to materials and components close to the exhaust manifold and pipes, and helping to reduce in-cabin temperatures.


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Chevron Racing Cars offers customers Zircotec plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings   Print  
Chevron Racing has expanded its range of services to include plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings from Zircotec Tuesday, 25th August 2009

Historic race car manufacturer Chevron Racing Cars is expanding its range of offerings to include plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings from Zircotec

Chevron Racing is now able to offer customers plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings from thermal barrier specialist Zircotec. Under the new reseller agreement, Chevron will be able to add Zircotec’s coatings to its range of services, helping classic race car owners protect themselves and their cars from excessive temperatures. The move to make the coatings more widely accessible comes as heat management solutions become increasingly important for historic race car owners. Applied to exhaust system components, the ThermoHold® based ceramic coatings significantly reduce heat loss, improving performance and reliability while preventing damage to materials and components close to the exhaust manifold and pipes, and helping to reduce in-cabin temperatures.


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Zytek revealed as motor and power electronics supplier for Mercedes McLaren KERS system   Print  
Victory at the Hungarian GP for Lewis Hamilton in the Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes: the first win ever for a KERS hybrid Thursday, 13th August 2009

First ever victory by a KERS-equipped car (July 26th Hungarian GP)

The Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes team scored their first 2009 season grand prix victory with the KERS-equipped MP4-24, when Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, July 26th. Hamilton had qualified fourth, but made a fantastic start thanks to the additional power provided by the KERS system which enabled him to charge down to the first turn to take second place and continued a faultless drive to win his first grand prix of the season.


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Allison Transmission Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Stimulus Grant for $62.8 Million for its Innovative Hybrid Truck Drive System   Print  
Wednesday, 12th August 2009

DOE grant will reinforce the company’s efforts to design and produce a cost- competitive hybrid drive system for commercial-duty trucks at its Indianapolis, Ind., manufacturing facilities

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, U.S.A. Allison Transmission Inc., the premier global provider of commercial and military duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, has been notified that it will be awarded a $62.8 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Grant to continue its efforts to design, develop and manufacture a cost-competitive commercial hybrid truck drive system. President Obama made the announcement on August 6th in Elkhart, Indiana, during a speech in which he discussed a national investment in electric drive vehicles and component manufacturing facilities. The Allison Transmission DOE grant will further increase U.S. capacity to manufacture hybrid propulsion systems for the commercial truck market.


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