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Allison transmissions equip terminal tractors at Brazilian ports

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – One of the most demanding tasks for a commercial vehicle might be the task of moving cargo at Brazilian ports. Once a ship docks at port, operators are intensely pressed for time, and the rush is on to transport containers in the shortest possible timeframe.

In addition to handling container weights reaching up to 27,000 kg, the vehicles drive continuously at very low speeds, constantly maneuvering in stop-and-go duty cycles. Repeated shifts between reverse and forward gears for correct cargo adjustment into carrier trailers known as "buggies" can harm both the operator and equipment. With fully automatic vehicles, this operation is much easier and more efficient. The operator presses a “D” or “R” button on the shift selector to indicate forward or reverse.

Adoption of a fully automatic Allison transmission was a foregone conclusion when developing the TT-40, since nearly all vehicles of this type use automatic transmissions. It’s just that simple. That was the conclusion reached by Rucker Equipamentos Industriais, a Brazilian company with a long tradition of operating port and airport equipment. The TT-40 is made exclusively for container trailers and chassis in ports, terminals, logistics operations and distribution centers.

An Allison 3000 Series transmission was coupled to the MWM 6.10T 180 hp engine, combined with a 22.30:1 rear axle, creating a vehicle perfectly able to answer all needs of demanding Brazilian port operators. Tecon RS, Tecon Salvador and TCP in Paranaguá are some of the operators who use these vehicles daily.

Recent data shows that the first Rucker vehicles bought by Tecon RS in 2007 has already worked more than 30,000 hours without any problems, which demonstrates the equipment's high availability.

According to Rafael Mendes, Rucker’s general manager, “Our terminal tractor was developed for slow speed jobs, short distances, overloading and almost uninterrupted activity, as are the operations in ports around the country. Under these extreme conditions, Allison transmissions play their role perfectly.”

“Fully automatic transmissions work with ease and extreme efficiency in the terminal tractor market” said Clóvis Kitahara, Marketing Manager for Allison Transmission in South America. "The use of our transmissions in terminal tractors is a practice already adopted by nearly every port equipment manufacturer worldwide. Automatic transmissions provide more agility for maneuvering and require less driver effort than manual equipped trucks.”

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary. With a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa, Allison also has over 1,500 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at

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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 2,900 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