Dana Corporation Increases Presence In European All-Wheel-Drive, Small Passenger-Vehicle Market

Sep 11, 2003

    FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Dana Corporation
(NYSE: DCN) today announced that it will supply a lightweight aluminum final
drive unit (FDU) for a new generation of all-wheel-drive, small-city
automobiles that will soon be available in European markets.  Production of
the vehicle is due to begin in the fall of 2004.
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    Dana's joint-venture partner, GETRAG, is providing the power take-off unit
(PTU) for the AWD system.  The PTU transfers torque to the rear wheels when
additional traction is needed to provide enhanced stability.
    Dana's Torque-Traction Group, together with GETRAG, will provide the
compact rear differential and the PTU that enables torque to be transferred to
the rear wheels when additional traction is needed.  The resultant on-demand
AWD system brings enhanced stability and safety to small entry-level passenger
    "This program demonstrates Dana's commitment to providing systems
solutions to meet the rapidly changing requirements of automotive
manufacturers," said Joe Magliochetti, Dana chairman and CEO.  "This kind of
flexibility is driven by our dedication to advancing the science of power,
performance, and mobility for each customer."
    The lightweight FDU, featuring a compact 135 mm ring gear, enabled
designers to use softer mounting bushings that reduce noise, vibration, and
harshness and minimize system complexity.  The viscous coupling unit, attached
to the FDU for torque on demand, enabled designers to use an uncomplicated and
robust propshaft configuration.  The end result was a simple, yet highly
functional, AWD system that delivers maximum value for the vehicle
manufacturer and end consumer.
    "We expect similar AWD systems utilizing this technology to eventually
expand to a number of vehicle platforms, especially in regions where consumers
demand small, economical vehicles that can also handle adverse driving
conditions," said Bill Carroll, president of Dana's Automotive Systems Group.
    Dana Corporation is a global leader in the design, engineering, and
manufacture of value-added products and systems for automotive, commercial,
and off-highway vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets.  The
company employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide.  Founded in 1904 and
based in Toledo, Ohio, Dana operates hundreds of technology, manufacturing,
and customer service facilities in 30 countries.  The company reported sales
of $9.5 billion in 2002. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .

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