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WABCO's OptiDrive changes gears in full automatic mode

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 23:00

WABCO Holdings Inc. is moving the automotive aftermarket parts market forwaed with its new automated manual transmission system, OptiDrive™.

This new system's high degree of modularity significantly reduces the development time required for application to transmission and vehicle platforms, the company states. WABCO's new OptiDrive system can also be easily adapted to an existing manual transmission without changing it, further accelerating market introduction.

Depending on the driver's preference, WABCO's new OptiDrive system can change gears in full automatic mode or as initiated by the driver. By optimizing the gear shifting process, this new system improves vehicle control and enhances comfort. It also significantly contributes to lower average fuel consumption by shifting at the most effective speed, a major cost saving over the vehicle's lifetime.

"WABCO's new OptiDrive system is one of the most creatively engineered products in our global portfolio, providing more efficient vehicle performance, further vehicle safety and increased driver comfort," says Hans-Jurgen Sander, WABCO Vice President, Driveline Control. "With its high degree of modularity, our new OptiDrive system means faster time to market not only for truck and bus makers but also for transmission manufacturers. Our OptiDrive system will help expand demand for automated manual transmissions worldwide, especially in markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, where adoption of such systems is expected to grow rapidly."

In 1986, WABCO introduced the first electronic transmission automation system for commercial vehicles, an industry breakthrough, and today the company is a leader in transmission automation technology based on more than 20 years of continuous innovation in driveline controls.

For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.

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