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Allison produces 2,000th transmission for light commercial bus market in South Korea

Recipients of the company’s 2,000th transmission for a light vehicle bus in South Korea.

Fully automatic T 1000™ for Hyundai County sold to customer who transports kindergarteners

SEOUL, South Korea Nearly five years since entering the nation’s 7-meter light bus market, Allison Transmission supplied its 2,000th fully automatic transmission — a T 1000™ for Hyundai Motor Co.

In celebration of the milestone, Allison held a ceremony for Yoo Jong (Gyeonggi-do Ansan-shi) of Rainbow Tour, its 2,000th light commercial bus customer. Yoo Jong drives a Hyundai County 25-passenger model, responsible for the commute of kindergarteners in Gyeonggi-do Ansan-shi Sanglok-gu Sa-dong Pureun Maeul 5.

“For kindergarten shuttles that have to frequently stop and start, manual driving is very exhausting and is less fuel efficient,” said Jong. “Therefore, I chose Allison’s fully automatic transmission, which has both driving convenience and economic feasibility. I am honored to be Allison’s 2000th light bus customer.”

The ceremony was held with Allison branch manager Lee Kyoungmee and director Kim Henry.

“With the trust of light bus customers, we are proud to have achieved our 2,000th transmission for this market,” said Kyoungmee. “We will continue to provide excellent service and technical support to further increase our share among light commercial buses.”  

According to industry data, more than 30 percent of light buses in Korea now are equipped with fully automatic transmissions. Such vehicles are generally used as tourist buses, shuttles for students of academy, shuttles for children, and as official vehicles for government. In addition to Hyundai, Allison has provided the T 1000 to Zyle Daewoo Bus, for its Lestar model, since 2015.

The current wave of interest in Allison transmission in the light bus market is being driven by improved economics. Based on passenger load and terrain, Allison transmissions automatically select among multiple shift schedules to enhance fuel savings or add more power, as needed.

Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ allows its transmissions to simply and smoothly deliver uninterrupted engine power to the wheels, letting the driver focus on handling and maneuvering the bus.

Allison automatics perform better than manual or automated manual transmissions (AMTs) that lose torque every time they shift, resulting in inefficient operation and less ground travelled. Additionally, Allison transmissions don’t require costly clutch replacements that result in greater downtime. A torque converter experiences very little wear and Allison transmissions require only periodic fluid and filter changes to maintain peak performance.

With more than 100 bus OEMs around the world choosing Allison, the company supplies more transmissions that its two largest automatic competitors. Without the distraction of manually changing gears, drivers are able to keep both hands on the wheel and focus on the traffic around them. While the smooth, seamless fully automatic shifting is safer, it’s also better for passenger comfort. With an Allison, there are no hesitations or jerks during gearshifts. The smooth acceleration and quiet operation ensure that passengers have an enjoyable, comfortable, relaxing ride. Without the distraction of manually changing gears, drivers are able to keep both hands on the wheel and focus on the traffic around them. While the smooth, seamless fully automatic shifting is safer, it’s also better for passenger comfort. With an Allison, there are no hesitations or jerks during gearshifts. The smooth acceleration and quiet operation ensure that passengers have an enjoyable, comfortable, relaxing ride.

May 30, 2018

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 allisontransmission.com.