New powertain promises improved fuel economy

Eaton and Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has introduced a new powertrain package for the North American heavy-duty truck market that is expected to deliver a 3-6% fuel economy improvement, lower preventive maintenance costs, and total lifecycle cost improvements.

The new product combines an Eaton Fuller Advantage Series automated transmission with new Cummins ISX15 SmartTorque2 ratings. The product will be available in the fall of 2013 for linehaul, regional haul and less-than- truckload (LTL) applications.

Speaking at a media event today at the American Trucking Associations' annual Technology & Maintenance Council meeting, executives from both companies said this product announcement is the result of a long standing collaboration between Eaton and Cummins. The powertrain package promises to deliver a more fuel efficient, reliable and robust powertrain package.

The powertrain package is currently undergoing field testing with various sized fleets, and initial testing and customer validation results are confirming the 3- 6% fuel economy improvement.

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