Mercedes-Benz and Allison export over 250 buses with fully automatic transmissions to Indonesia
21st May 2020
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The Mercedes-Benz OH 1626 buses – for the Jakarta BRT system – are equipped with Allison T 280R™ fully automatic transmissions and will start operating this month.

SAO PAULO, Brazil – May 2020 – Mercedes-Benz/Brazil and Allison Transmission have significantly increased their presence in Indonesia with the sale of over 250 OH 1626 model city buses equipped with Allison T 280R™ fully automatic transmissions. Approximately half of the transmissions were delivered last November and the buses are expected to start operating by the end of May as part of the Jakarta BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system and its feeder lines.

“The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Allison was fundamental for us to be able to meet our customers’ demand in Indonesia. We have some projects together where the result has been very positive for us,” said Alexandre Lasmar, Mercedes-Benz Sales and Exports Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. “The buses that we are selling with Allison transmissions bring excellent results such as comfort and safety for drivers and passengers, and low maintenance for vehicles.”

The OH 1626 buses are equipped with Allison’s fully automatic six-speed transmissions with a retarder. They also feature Allison’s FuelSense® 2.0 technology, which further reduces fuel consumption. FuelSense 2.0 is ideal for urban applications with a lot of stop-and-go driving, such as city buses, refuse collection, construction and distribution.

Through a series of optimisations in Allison’s transmission software, the new FuelSense 2.0 technology uses the DynActive Shifting system for an infinite number of shift point combinations. FuelSense 2.0 uses a real-time learning algorithm that determines the optimal balance between fuel economy and performance.

“This is a very significant sale for Allison,” said Evaldo Oliveira, Director of Allison Transmission, South America. “As an extremely populated country, Indonesia has a broad and very efficient public transport service. The total bus market in the Asian country approaches 2,500 units a year, which shows us that we still have great possibilities to expand our business with Jakarta, mainly in partnership with Mercedes-Benz/Brazil, which is the sales leader in this market.”

Image – © Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz/Brazil and Allison Transmission have significantly increased their presence in Indonesia with the sale of over 250 OH 1626 model city buses equipped with Allison T280R™ fully automatic transmissions.

Image – © Allison Transmission. The Allison T 280R™ fully automatic transmission.

About Allison Transmission
(NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. 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. 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 www.allisontransmission.com.