Dana Holding Corporation Plans Freewheel, Lockup on Large Spicer® Powershift Transmissions

Nov 22, 2010

SHANGHAI, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at Bauma China 2010, Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) announced the company's plans for freewheel and lockup with integral torsional vibration damper on Spicer® powershift transmissions above 90 kW (120 horsepower).

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Freewheel and lockup can help OEMs improve overall drivetrain performance and optimize the efficiency of their product lines by 7-10 percent on average, depending on the duty cycle.

These optional upgrades will take advantage of new, more robust freewheel designs that are mandatory for off-highway equipment operating in increasingly demanding environments.

"Stage III/IV and Tier 4 emissions standards are driving OEMs to look for efficiencies throughout the drivetrain," said Pietro Franzosi, vice president of sales and marketing for the Dana Off-Highway Products Group. "Freewheel and lockup have produced impressive efficiency gains on compact Spicer powershuttle and powershift transmissions for a number of years.  Advances in technology made possible by roller clutch designs provide field-proven solutions that will make it possible for us to offer these upgrades on the largest Spicer powershift transmissions."

In addition to driving fuel savings and emissions reductions, transmissions and torque converters configured with freewheel and lockup also reduce engine cooling needs, a significant benefit to vehicle designers pressed to find space for particulate filters and other new devices required by Tier 4 engines.

Dana will offer the new features in two configurations: freewheel only, or lockup incorporating freewheel and torsional vibration damper.  

Dana is exhibiting a Spicer® Model TE32 transmission with freewheel and lockup in Hall E5, Stand 528, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre through Nov. 26.

About the Dana Off-Highway Products Group

The Dana Off-Highway Products Group includes research and development and manufacturing operations in Belgium, Brazil, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  It designs, manufactures, assembles, and markets Spicer axles and transaxles, driveshafts and end-fittings, transmissions, torque converters, electronic controls, and brakes.  

The Dana Off-Highway Products Group serves more than 1,000 vehicle assembly and manufacturing facilities in 30 countries.  Dana also supports off-highway customers in more than 100 countries by supplying genuine Spicer service parts, operating two global service parts distribution centers, and certifying more than 60 Authorized Spicer Service Centers.  Construction, agriculture, forestry, underground mining, material handling, outdoor power, leisure/utility vehicles, and industrial equipment are just some of the markets that demand the quality found in Spicer products and genuine service parts.  For more information, visit www.dana.com/offhighway.

About Dana Holding Corporation

Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles and driveshafts), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light and heavy manufacturers.  The company's customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets.  Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 22,500 people in 26 countries and reported 2009 sales of $5.2 billion.  For more information, please visit www.dana.com.

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