BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – As the largest global provider of commercial duty, fully-automatic transmissions, Allison Transmission has recently entered the agricultural market in Argentina. To achieve this goal, Allison has partnered with Grupo PLA, a manufacturer of agri-business machinery and components, to build a fumigation vehicle fitted with a fully-automatic transmission. The MAP II 3250, a self-propelled pulverizer, is highly anticipated as the first of its kind locally. Fitted with an Allison 2500 transmission, the prototype was successfully launched and demonstrated at Expoagro, an annual event in Buenos Aires that showcases the latest developments in agricultural machinery.
The vehicles are being built to handle a wide range of terrain under extreme conditions including hard and scorched soils, wet hills and muddy fields. They must also cope with diverse temperatures ranging from below zero to more than 40 degrees Centigrade.
Hernan Pietrani, from Grupo PLA’s product development area explained, “One of the key advantages of using an automatic transmission in this type of vehicle is that it ensures constant control over the drive wheels. The driver can now focus solely on vehicle acceleration without worrying about changing gears. The automatic provides us with the ability to keep the engine speed constant and avoid slowing down to maneuver the vehicle. Maintaining smooth and constant movement keeps noise levels to a minimum and avoids overheating the engine.”
Pietrani went on to conclude, “When accelerating from a standstill, the engine reaches maximum capacity much quicker than a manual transmission vehicle. With an automatic the engine is not being overworked, and the pulverizing pump is constantly in operation at maximum capacity, ensuring that crops are fertilized with the right amount of product and pressure.”
Mario Burguener, a post-sales mechanic at Grupo PLA accompanying the drivers testing the new fumigation vehicle said, “The vehicle works very well indeed; it drives perfectly and has great performance, while never overworking the engine.”
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.