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Meritor adds 2 new axle ratios to improve fuel efficiency

Meritor’s 14X tandem drive axles with a 2.79 ratio will be available for production in June, and a 2.85 ratio will be ready later this summer.

The Trucker News Services

5/16/2014

TROY, Mich. — Meritor is meeting the commercial vehicle industry’s demands for increased fuel efficiency by adding optimized axle ratios to its proven 14X rear-drive axle portfolio, the company said today.

Meritor’s 14X tandem drive axles with a 2.79 ratio will be available for production in June, and a 2.85 ratio will be ready later this summer. When used in combination with the Cummins and Eaton SmartAdvantage Powertrain, the new axle ratios will improve fuel efficiency for linehaul applications through “downspeeding,” a process that maintains vehicle speed at lower engine rpms.

“With these new axle ratios, drivers will experience a fuel-economy ‘sweet spot’ at road speeds of 62 to 65 mph,” said Ken Hogan, general manager, Axles, North America for Meritor. “We’ve optimized this engine-transmission-axle combination to deliver uncompromising performance and efficiency.”

To maximize fuel economy and vehicle performance, fleets should consider the entire drivetrain, including engine parameters, transmission and rear-axle gearing and tire sizes, according to Hogan. He suggests fleets consult their OEMs, local engine distributors or Meritor representative to review exact vehicle and application needs. The 14X axles with 2.79 and 2.85 ratios are supported by DriveForce and OnTrac, Meritor's industry-leading organization of 110 dedicated support professionals.

“The new axle ratios specifically target the needs of fuel efficiency-minded customers and are another example of how we are continually creating and updating our offerings to better-serve the industry,” Hogan said.

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 around the world.

Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.

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