PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner has introduced a new automated manual transmission for its Business Class M2, designed to provide smoother shifting and improved fuel economy.
The AMT3 transmission features “smart” electronics that evaluate road, grade and load conditions to perform shifts at the optimum engine RPM for fast, smooth shifts as well as fuel savings, the company reports.
As an automated manual transmission, there is no torque converter, as the engine is coupled to the transmission via a hydraulically actuated clutch, minimizing torque interruption during acceleration and shifting.
“We know what our customers want – smart, reliable solutions that will enhance driver comfort while maximizing savings,” said TJ Reed, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “And with the Freightliner AMT3, we have created yet another tool that will reduce fuel and maintenance costs to positively impact the bottom line.”
Freightliner says the AMT3 is made of lightweight materials such as an aluminum housing and features components such as a clutch, steel alloy gears and sealed bearings that are designed to last the life of the truck.
The new AMT3 is aimed at P&D applications, including food and beverage distribution and towing. It’s available for order now on all Class 6 and 7 trucks.
Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry. All posts by Truck News