Allison produces 2,000th transmission in light commercial bus market in South Korea
5th June 2018
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Fully automatic T 1000™ in Hyundai County bus is sold to customer who transports nursery children

Nearly five years since entering the nation’s 7-metre light bus market, Allison Transmission has supplied its 2,000th fully automatic transmission — a T 1000™ for Hyundai Motor Co.

In celebration of the milestone, Allison held a ceremony for Yoo Jong of Rainbow Tour, its 2,000th light commercial bus customer. Yoo Jong drives a Hyundai County 25-passenger model, which is responsible for the daily commute of nursery children in Ansan, a city southwest of Seoul.

“For kindergarten shuttles that have to frequently stop and start, manual driving is very exhausting and is less fuel efficient,” said Jong. “Therefore, I chose Allison’s fully automatic transmission, which has both driving convenience and economic feasibility. I am honoured to be Allison’s 2000th light bus customer.”

The ceremony was held with Allison branch manager Lee Kyoungmee and director Kim Henry.

“With the trust of light bus customers, we are proud to have achieved our 2,000th transmission for this market,” said Kyoungmee. “We will continue to provide excellent service and technical support to further increase our share among light commercial buses.”

According to industry data, more than 30 per cent of light buses in Korea now are equipped with fully automatic transmissions. Such vehicles are generally used as tourist buses, child and student shuttles and as official government vehicles. In addition to Hyundai, Allison has supplied the T 1000 transmission to Zyle Daewoo Bus, for its Lestar model, since 2015.

The current wave of interest in Allison transmissions in the light bus market is being driven by an improved business case around cost of ownership. Based on passenger load and terrain, Allison transmissions automatically select among multiple shift schedules to enhance fuel savings or add more power, as needed.

Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ allows its transmissions to simply and smoothly deliver uninterrupted engine power to the wheels, letting the driver focus on handling and manoeuvring the bus.

Allison automatics perform better than manual or automated manual transmissions (AMTs) that lose torque every time they shift, resulting in inefficient operation and less ground travelled. Additionally, Allison transmissions do not require costly clutch replacements that result in greater downtime. A torque converter experiences very little wear and Allison transmissions require only periodic fluid and filter changes to maintain peak performance.

With more than 100 bus OEMs around the world choosing Allison, the company supplies more transmissions that its two largest automatic competitors.

Images – © Alison Transmission. Allison Transmission held a ceremony for Yoo Jong (Gyeonggi-do Ansan-shi) from Rainbow Tour, recipient of the company’s 2,000th transmission for a light vehicle bus in South Korea.

Images – © Alison Transmission. Allison transmissions like the T 1000™ use Continuous Power Technology™ to simply and smoothly deliver uninterrupted engine power to the wheels, letting the driver focus on handling and maneuvering the bus.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.