MARBELLA, Spain – Those working for the Marbella Town Council are well aware of the benefits of driving a vehicle fitted with an Allison automatic transmission while carrying out daily cleaning work on downtown streets. The Department of Street Cleaning boasts a fleet of 40 light-duty and 10 heavy-duty vehicles. Vehicles are about five years old on average, and all were manufactured by Iveco and Renault. Forty percent of the heavy trucks are Allison-equipped Renault trucks: three Premium 280 street cleaners and one Renault Midlum 270.15 street sweeper. The remaining six Iveco vehicles are fitted with manual gearboxes, offering operators an opportunity to compare the difference Allison Continuous Power Technology™ delivers in performance, productivity and comfort.
“The truck fitted with an Allison automatic is very comfortable,” said one operator, “much more so than similar vehicles fitted with manual gearboxes. With a fully-automatic vehicle, the driver is not busy with gear changes, and that’s a great advantage when driving on the streets of Marbella.”
In fact, Marbella’s drivers and technicians agree unanimously that the Allison-equipped vehicles can’t be beat, not just in terms of comfort, but also in superior performance.
“Excellent vehicle launch is an additional advantage. This is useful when taking off on a steep grade, for instance. With Allison, vehicle tires do not spin. Superior performance is also noticeable on normal take-off, where 2nd or 3rd gear launch with a manual gearbox may easily lead to premature clutch wear,” said another worker.
Those responsible for truck maintenance also emphasize the advantages of a fully-automatic transmission over manuals, and all are particularly pleased to be working with Allison.
“The reliability of automatic gearboxes with torque converters must be emphasized,” said Marbella Department of Street Cleaning’s Workshop Manager, “because there is no wear on the clutch – something very common with a manual gearbox. It is a fact that breakdowns are prevented through the use of fully-automatic transmissions and this results in lower operating costs for the company.”
The Renault Midlum 270.15 270-HP, 15-ton truck chassis, with sweeper bodywork by Ros Roca and an Allison 3000 Series transmission is an excellent example of that kind of reliability. For about two and a half years, the vehicle has been trouble-free, clocking a total of 21,696 km. It performs about 20 street cleaning operations, running two shifts daily, with an average sweeping speed of 5 kph.
Street cleaning, and the municipal services sector in general, requires robust, productive vehicles. Allison fully-automatic transmissions have been proven globally to work tirelessly in intense duty cycles, situations where driving involves continuous stops and starts, as well as maneuvering in tight spaces and on significant grades. Superior vehicle performance and driver comfort increase fleet productivity. Moreover, vehicle maintenance is routine, drastically reducing downtime and repair costs as the torque converter protects the whole drivetrain from stress and shocks.
Officials at Marbella’s Town Hall have seen the benefits and the results of vehicles equipped with fully-automatic transmissions. For this reason, they also use Allison automatics in solid waste collection services. That department operates nine Allison-equipped refuse trucks (8 Renault 280 and 320, 1 Stralis 300).
The Workshop Manager responsible for the refuse collection fleet has been very pleased. “The use of Allison transmissions means the complete elimination of clutch breakdowns, enabling us to devote our time to other matters and reduce costs,” he said.
Technical specifications for Renault Midlum 270.15
- GVW: 15 tons
- Engine Power: 270 HP
- Bodywork: Ros Roca
- Transmission: Allison 3000 fully automatic transmission
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 approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com
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