Penske Truck Leasing selects Eaton for largest single order of UltraShift HV transmissions

More than 1,800 UltraShift HV-equipped trucks to be placed into Penske rental fleet this spring.

Kalamazoo, Mich., February 19, 2010—Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. has announced that Reading, Pa.-based Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. has ordered more than 1,800 new Fuller UltraShift HV (Highway Value) medium-duty automated transmissions. The transmissions will be used in International DuraStar models with MaxxForce DT engines and are part of Penske’s consumer truck rental fleet. Production of these trucks has begun and will be complete in May.

The UltraShift HV is a fully automated transmission system for Class 6 and 7 vehicles with diesel engines in the 195 to 260 hp range. The HV is capable of handling torque capacities up to 660 lb/ft and loads up to 33,000 lbs GVW. Models are available with an optional park pawl feature. The UltraShift HV transmission is ideally suited for pickup, delivery, service, utility and recovery applications—and for any daily rental application where reliability, driving ease and fuel efficiency are important.

In independent testing using SAE-approved protocols, the UltraShift HV has demonstrated significant fuel savings over a conventional automatic—from 7 to 19 percent, depending on the application.

“This is the perfect transmission for Penske to offer rental customers looking for a transmission that is simple, safe and economical to operate,” said Staci Kroon, senior vice-president and general manager for Eaton’s Commercial Vehicle Transmission business. “This is the largest single order for the UltraShift HV to date, and we think it’s proof of the confidence that Penske has in the value of this product to its trucks and rental customers.”

Additional key features and benefits of the UltraShift HV transmission include:
• No scheduled maintenance. No filters to change and a Lubed for Life feature provide lower maintenance and reduced downtime costs.

• Hill assist, which automatically minimizes rollback on up to 10 percent grades while the operator makes the transition from the brake pedal to the accelerator. This benefits the driver in both uphill and downhill stop and start situations.

• Modular design that provides more rapid service and reduced service costs.

• Commonality. Using the same electronics modules and shift controls as are used on other Fuller manual and automated transmissions allows service providers to reduce service parts inventories and speeds training and certification of technicians.

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