MECHANICAL POWERTRAIN COMPONENT REPORT
for $13 million. The sale is expected to
close in the second quarter of the year,
pending government regulatory approv-
als and customary closing conditions.
Axles India is a joint venture of
Wheels India Ltd., Sundaram Finance
Group and Dana. Established in 1983,
Axles India supplies 180,000 pressed
axle housings from two manufacturing facilities to medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle manufacturers annually.
Under terms of the agreement,
Dana will assume full ownership of
AIL’s axle drive head and final axle
assembly operations. The axle drive
head includes the pinion, ring gear, differential lock, bearings, lube pump and
yoke inside the axle housing. Dana
will also assume responsibility for the
marketing, sales and engineering of
these medium- and heavy-duty axles.
AIL, a joint venture between Dana and
two Indian companies, will continue to
manufacture axle housings for Dana
and other customers.
Dana has introduced the first hydro-
mechanical variable transmission
(HVT) system resulting from its coop-
erative development program with
Bosch Rexroth. According to Dana,
short Y-cycle simulations of front-end
loaders equipped with the HVT have
demonstrated fuel savings of more
than 20% when compared to the
same vehicle outfitted with a conven-
tional torque converter transmission.
Dana’s new hydromechanical transmission.
Roadranger, the marketing alliance
between Dana Holding Corp. and
Eaton Corp., announced several new
truck products. Among these are a
new family of heavy-duty 40,000 lb.
tandem drive axles, the Spicer Pro- 40,
which are designed to offer fleets a
reliable, lightweight and competitively
priced alternative for linehaul, bulk,
regional and city delivery vehicles.
The Spicer Pro- 40 axle is more
than 120 lb. lighter than competitive axles and 100 lb. lighter than
the current Dana Spicer DS404, the
company said. It will be available with
ratios from 3.25: 1 to 3.90: 1 and is
targeted toward vehicles with 9-, 10-,
12- or 13-speed overdrive transmissions; diesel engines up to 475 hp
and 1750 lb.ft. of torque; and GVWR
up to 80,000 lb.
Like all Dana 40,000 lb. axles, the
Spicer Pro- 40 is approved with 2 in.
outset wheels and is planned to be
available for initial shipments later
Also new for heavy-duty trucks is a
new series of lightweight, one-piece
aluminum driveshafts. The Spicer
Diamond Series driveshaft weighs 40%