Dana Corporation to Provide Land Rover's New Luxury Sport Utility with Space-Saving Axle
Sep 28, 1998
FT. WAYNE, Ind., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Rover/BMW's new redesigned luxury sport utility vehicle, the 2001 Range Rover, will have more room in its underbody due to an innovative front pan axle to be supplied by Dana Corporation's (NYSE: DCN) Spicer Axle Division. The BMW engineered and developed vehicle, code-named L30, will use Dana's independent front "oil pan" axle. In this axle, the final drive unit bolts directly to the engine oil pan. The wheel driveshafts correspondingly run directly through the oil sump, mating the final drive unit to the wheelends. "BMW came to Dana with an interesting challenge," said Wayne Myers, president of Dana's Automotive Axle Products Group. "The initial vehicle concept group required the engine, packaging, and performance features of a luxury BMW passenger car without sacrificing the 4X4 capability and ground clearance characteristics which have made Land Rover famous. Dana met the challenge with this pan axle design, which addresses the specific needs of the entire platform." The Spicer Axle Divison will source the front pan axle from Dana's worldwide global manufacturing base. The final assembly location has not yet been determined. Approximately 30,000 axles a year are expected to be produced for the 2001 Range Rover. The Spicer Axle Division, along with the Spicer Driveshaft and Parish Structural Products Divisions and the Modules & Systems Group, comprises Dana Corporation's Automotive Components Group. Spicer Axle manufactures axles and axle components, including front- and rear-driving and non-driving axles, transaxle auxiliary drive units, wheelends, and its technologically innovative Hydra-Lok(TM) differential. It is headquartered in Fort Wayne, along with Dana's World Center of Axle Technology. One of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicular, off- highway, and industrial manufacturers and their related aftermarkets, Dana Corporation produces components used on more than 95 percent of the world's 650 million motor vehicles. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates 270 major facilities in 33 countries and employs more than 79,000 people. The company had pro forma sales of $11.9 billion in 1997. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.