Monday, 29 September 2014

Navistar chooses Tremec ‘box for ProStar

In an unusual move, Navistar International is to offer the Tremec light-weight 10-speed manual transmission teamed with the 13-litre MaxxForce diesel in its International ProStar model.

Navistar will also offer Tremec  transmissions as an option in ProStar units powered by the Cummins ISX15 engine.

Transmission-maker Tremec offers a wide range of high torque-to-weight ratios designed for weight-sensitive over-the-road and city applications. According to Navistar, the pairing will maximize payload for applications such as bulk haul.

“Tremec transmissions are not only known in the automotive industry for a wide variety of high-performance cars, but Tremec components are used in transmissions throughout the commercial transportation industry,” noted Jodi Presswood, general manager, heavy-duty truck product line at Navistar. “This lightweight transmission reduces the weight of the vehicle while also providing our customers with yet another choice.”

Navistar will offer four Tremec transmission options paired with the company’s 13-litre engine, available with 370bhp to 450bhp and 1,350lbft to 1,700lbft torque for line haul and regional haul applications in the US and Canada.

Earlier this month, customers suppliers, employees and family members celebrated Tremec’s 50th anniversary in Plymouth, Michigan and Loppem, Belgium.

Tremec, formerly Transmission Technologies Corporation, specialises in the design and production of torque transfer solutions for the automotive, agriculture, industrial and military markets.

Its portfolio includes manual and automated manual transmissions, dua clutch transmissions, gears shafts clutches synchronisers and mechatronic systems with integrated clutch systems and control software.

In July the company proudly announced its TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission featured in the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T muscle car with its supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI Hellcat engine producing an output of 707bhp and 650lbft torque, as an alternative to the Torqueflite eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT are built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

Earlier in the year, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe bowed with an all-new body and a 2-litre Ecotec I4 engine giving 272bhp and 295lbft torque driving the rear wheels through a Tremec TR-3160 six-speed manual transmission with its lightweight aluminium casing.

Founded in 1964, the tremec company focused on robust manual transmissions for rear-wheel drive passenger cars and light trucks. Customers now include CNH, Daimler, Eaton, Ford, Freightliner, GM, Holden, International, Kenworth, Mack, Navistar, Nissan, Paccar, Peterbilt, Renault, Western Star and Volvo.

Tremec has three locations – Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico; Tal Khed, Pune, India; Loppem, Belgium – in addition to that in Plymouth, Michigan. Tremec is a wholly-owned business of Grupo KUO, SAB de C.V. based in Mexico City, Mexico.

In July, the company reported 2014 second quarter sales of US$522 million, a rise of six per cent, and EBITDA up 20 per cent to US$53 million. Net income on the quarter increased 325 per cent to US$17 million with net debt running at US$365 million – a decrease of US$51 million.

Annual sales for the 2013 year amounted to US$1.9 billion at 31 December 2013.

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