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Meritor presents FUELite tandem axle at trucking show

The Meritor FUELite tandem axle, the first member of Meritor’s SoloDrive Series axles, delivers nearly 400 pounds in weight savings and a 2 percent increase in fuel efficiency.

The Trucker News Services

3/22/2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Meritor unveiled the FUELite tandem axle at the Mid-America Trucking Show here Wednesday evening.

Meritor’s FUELite is the first member of its SoloDrive Series axles which features 6x2 tandem rear axles. Based on the proven Meritor 160 series drive axle, the FUELite tandem axle is designed for line-haul applications to maximize weight savings and increase fuel efficiency.

The Meritor FUELite tandem axle delivers nearly 400 pounds in weight savings and an estimated 2 percent increase in fuel efficiency when compared to a traditional 6x4 configuration.

Features and benefits of the Meritor FUELite tandem axle include:

• Meritor’s 160 DualTrac™ housing that allows the option of running wide-based single tires or duals for enhanced efficiency and improved residual value

• A 2.50 to 4.10 ratio range available to match your application, and

• A 12.7-millimeter wall housing that is compatible with all current 40,000-pound tandem air suspensions.

All SoloDrive Series axles will utilize the same rear-tag axle for simplified maintenance and are designed to function optimally with Meritor brakes and options.

"We engineered the FUELite axle to accommodate all 40,000-pound linehaul suspensions, delivering an optimum solution that is lightweight yet heavy on performance,” said Charlie Allen, general manager, Rear Drive Axles, Meritor. “The Meritor SoloDrive Series is designed to provide lightweight axle solutions with greater efficiency by providing one driving axle in a tandem configuration. We’re confident that the FUELite will deliver these results to our customers.”

The Meritor axle warranty for linehaul applications is five years or 750,000 miles with parts and labor included, with every claim supported by its online warranty claim system, spokesmen stated.

The Meritor Advantage Plans offer extended coverage up to seven years in linehaul applications. Every Meritor axle is backed its service and support, with more than 6,000 distributor and dealer parts outlets in North America.

Meritor’s commitment to customer support is also reinforced through Meritor DriveForce, company officials said Wednesday here.

DriveForce is Meritor’s North American sales and service organization, and combines with its OnTrac technical support center, collectively staffed by more than 150 dedicated professionals to assist commercial vehicle customers with customized solutions before, during, and after the sale.

For more information, call (888) 725-9355 or visit meritor.com.

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., with distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries.