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October 30, 2019 12:30 AM, EDT

Allison Debuts New Regional-Haul Transmission

Names DTNA as Launch Partner
Allison's John Coll Allison's John Coll by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

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ATLANTA — Allison Transmission introduced a new, regional-haul transmission that is designed to handle mixed duty cycles, and named Daimler Trucks North America as the first truck-maker to offer the unit.

The 3414 Regional Haul Series transmission will be offered in ratings up to 410 horsepower and 1,450 pound-feet of torque, an upgrade in capability over the company’s current 3000 Series transmission, said John Coll, Allison’s senior vice president for global marketing, sales and service, during an Oct. 29 press event here at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

“This is nearly a 20% increase in torque capacity over our 3000 Series transmission,” he said. “This increased power supports a growing trend for fleets to utilize their trucks in mixed duty cycles, often in delivery routes in the morning, and regional-haul transfer routes during the second shift.” He named companies such as Pepsi and Sysco as examples of fleets that have these types of needs.

Using the company’s xFE technology, the 3414 RHS also delivers an 8% savings in fuel economy over other Allison products, Coll said.

He also noted that the transmission is designed to be a “drop-in” solution for any truck chassis that already accepts the current 3000 Series unit.

“Our OEM partners have asked that this product be offered with the same form, fit and connections as the existing Allison 3000 Series products. Our engineers have delivered on this request,” Coll said.

DTNA's Kary Schaefer

Schaefer by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

The first application for the new transmission will come in the second half of 2020. The transmission will be launched in Freightliner’s Class 8 Cascadia 116 and M2 112 medium-duty trucks that are equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine, said Kary Schaefer, DTNA general manager for product marketing and strategy, who joined Allison for the announcement.

“We’ve had customers come to us looking for this opportunity to offer this transmission in their applications. They’re looking for slightly higher torque ratings and a way to extend their applications utilizing the same 3000 Series packaging footprint that they have today.”

The 3414 RHS will come with a five-year, 750,000-mile warranty that will have no limits on components that will require additional plans for extended coverage, Coll said.

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