Dana to Supply Axles, Driveshafts for 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 Medium-Duty Truck

Dec 14, 2016

MAUMEE, Ohio, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) announced today that it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.  Production of this new Class 6 medium-duty truck will begin mid-2017.

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The 2018 Isuzu FTR will be assembled with a Spicer® single-reduction drive axle, Spicer® E-Series steer axles, and a Spicer Life® Series driveshaft.

"We chose Spicer axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR due to Dana's dedication to quality and innovation," said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.  "This truck represents our vision of the future for the medium-duty industry.  The truck of tomorrow needs to be fuel efficient, maneuverable, environmentally friendly, and offer a low cost of ownership.  Dana's driveline components will help achieve all of those objectives."

The 2018 Isuzu FTR is designed for city delivery applications, such as beverage, box, and refrigerated box trucks.  Like all Isuzu trucks, the 2018 Isuzu FTR will feature a low cab forward design for increased visibility and maneuverability, features that are crucial to these types of applications.  These trucks will be powered by a segment-first Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, and will also include an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission.

Dana's driveline components help to optimize the 2018 Isuzu FTR for durability and efficiency.  Spicer single-reduction drive axles have been engineered with stronger wheel differentials to absorb shock, providing maximum robustness for city delivery applications.  Spicer E-Series steer axles with a new lightweight beam design are the lightest weight solution on the market, weighing up to 69 pounds less than competitive offerings.  Spicer Life Series medium-duty driveshafts are the premier drivetrain offering for this market.  Precision balanced for reduced noise, vibration, and harshness and permanently lubricated with a sealed spline, these driveshafts have been designed for reduced maintenance and extended product life.

Dana has previously supplied driveline components and thermal technologies for Isuzu trucks in Japan and Thailand.

About Isuzu Trucks
Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low cab forward trucks in America every year since 1986.  Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. is the distributor of Isuzu commercial trucks in the United States.  Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, one of the world's largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.  For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.

About Dana Incorporated
Dana is a world leader in the supply of highly engineered drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains.  Serving three primary markets – passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment – Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.  Founded in 1904 and based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs more than 23,000 people in 25 countries on six continents.  In 2015, Dana generated sales of nearly $6.1 billionForbes Magazine has again selected Dana as one of America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. For more information, please visit dana.com.

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For further information: Jeff Cole, +1-419-887-3535, jeff.cole@dana.com