NOW AVAILABLE: The UltraShift HV is available on Daimler's MD trucks.
CLEVELAND, Ohio –Eaton has announced its UltraShift Highway Value automated transmission is now being offered on medium-duty Freightliner and Sterling trucks.
The transmission will be available on 2009 Freightliner M2 and Sterling Acterra models with Cummins engines and GVW ratings of up to 33,000 lbs, the company announced.
“Daimler Trucks North America, which manufactures Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star trucks, has selected the UltraShift HV so that they could offer their customers the fuel-saving features of an automated transmission,” said Dontia M. Warren, NAFTA medium- duty market development and strategy manager for Eaton’s truck business. “Their familiarity and success with other Roadranger products and the people who represent those products were also contributing factors.”
Eaton says independent testing has shown the UltraShift HV transmission can deliver a 6-19% fuel economy improvement over traditional manual gearboxes, depending on duty cycle.
“The UltraShift transmission is without question the most efficient, cost-effective way for medium- duty customers to improve fuel economy,” said Jeff Bowen, general sales manager, Dallas Freightliner -Western Star.
“Not only is the transmission more efficient than comparable automatics, it can be serviced in most cases by the selling dealer instead of a local distributor. Customers experiencing transmission problems will no longer need to guess between a distributor and a dealer. In some cases what was thought to be a transmission problem can actually be a truck problem. When that happens someone has to get the truck where it needs to be and it’s usually the customer. These reasons alone make the Eaton UltraShift transmission a strong consideration.”
Eaton officials also point out the UltraShift is “lubed for life” and doesn’t require lube and filter changes. The UltraShift HV is compatible on Class 6 and 7 trucks with diesel engines ranging from 195- 260 hp. It can handle torque capacities up to 660 lb.-ft. and loads of up to 33,000 lbs gross. For more information on the transmission, visit www. or call 800- 826-4357. •
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