Brazilian fleet specifies fully automatic transmissions for more agile and robust armoured cash transport trucks
7th January 2021

Valuables transportation company, Protege Group of São Paulo, selects Allison transmissions for the first time – on Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz light trucks.

The Protege Group, a prominent securities transportation specialist in Brazil, has specified its first fully automatic transmission as part of a pilot project to evaluate new armoured cash transport trucks. Two armoured high-value cargo light trucks – a Volkswagen 9.160CE and a Mercedes-Benz 915 E – have been equipped with an Allison 2000 Series™ transmissions.

The trial of fully automatic transmissions is designed to make the company’s operations more efficient and productive by improving vehicle agility and robustness, and by extending the life of the transmission and engine components. They are exceeding the company’s expectations.

“The Protege Group invests heavily in the well-being and safety of its employees, and automatic transmissions greatly reduce the physical and mental wear on the driver,” explains Nelson Dias, Automotive Engineering Manager at the Protege Group. “The state of alertness for a prompt reaction in any critical situation is a fundamental condition for good work in our segment.”

“Automatic trucks have been shown to be less stressful for drivers and for the respective working teams, as they are not subject to the “swings” so common during the shifting in manual transmission gears,” said Dias. “The teams are unanimous that there is less physical wear and tear throughout the workday.”

Another finding of the Protege Group’s trial is shorter vehicle downtime. Automatic transmissions do not require clutch systems maintenance, which is common in manual transmissions. In addition, they provide more homogeneous operation of the powertrain, avoiding engine overdrive while acting as auxiliaries to the brake system.

Allison 2000 Series automatic transmissions are designed to equip light commercial vehicles for both cargo and public transport applications. They can be equipped with a Power Take-Off (PTO) output and have six gears, including overdrive, which guarantees a more agile and simpler operation. They also have advanced Allison 5th Generation electronic controls, which improve productivity and efficiency strategies as per the needs of the vehicle.

Present in 18 Brazilian states as well as in the federal district, the Protege Group carries out a wide range of activities that include high-value cargo transport services and cargo logistics, property security, security guards and airport services. It has a fleet of approximately 1,800 units, comprising vehicles of various sizes and applications.

Image – ©Grupo Protege. The Protege Group of Brazil has specified its first fully automatic transmissions on armoured cash transport trucks. One of the vehicles is a Volkswagen 9.160CE (pictured), which is equipped with an Allison 2000 Series™ transmission.

Image – ©Allison Transmission. The Allison 2000 Series™ automatic transmissions are designed to equip light commercial vehicles for both cargo and public transport applications.

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 medium and heavy-tactical U.S. defense vehicles, as well as a supplier of commercial vehicle propulsion solutions, including electric hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems. Allison products are used in a wide variety of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (school, transit and coach), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction applications) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. 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 1,500 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For further information, visit