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Monday, March 28, 2011
Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS family includes several transmission platforms. (Courtesy: EATON CORP.)
Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS family includes several transmission platforms. (Courtesy: EATON CORP.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Eaton Corp. is bringing five Class 8 trucks with the company’s new UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions to this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show here this week for a special test drive event.

Attendees can sign up for the demonstration drive at the Roadranger booth 32175 in the South Hall.

On March 31 and April 1, attendees will have the option of test driving vehicles from a mix of truck makers in linehaul, heavy-haul and vocational chassis configurations that have been built with UltraShift PLUS transmissions.

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 “I’ve driven manual transmissions for more than 26 years, and can tell you the UltraShift PLUS takes truck driving to a whole new level,” said Forrest Powers, Eaton’s test track engineering technician and demo driver. “For example, the UltraShift PLUS removes the stress of trying to find that proper gear to climb a hill. I never get tired of hearing the positive comments from customers after I take them on a test drive.”

 Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS family includes the following transmission platforms:

• Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS)

• Multipurpose High Performance (MHP)

• Multipurpose Extreme Performance (MXP)

• Vocational Construction Series (VCS)

• Vocational Multipurpose Series (VMS), and Vocational Extreme Performance (VXP) models.

 Each platform is configured to meet the safety, performance, reliability, profitability and driver comfort needs for specific applications.

 All of Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS transmissions, available in overdrive and direct-drive models, feature a new self-adjusting electronic clutch actuator for fast, smooth engagements. Intelligent shift selection software employs grade sensing, weight computation and driver throttle commands to make shift decisions for efficient, safe and profitable vehicle performance. Unlimited gross combination weight is available with 18-speed platforms.

Powers said other benefits included: 

• A Hill Start Aid feature to prevent rolling while on steep grades and allow for a controlled launch.

• Automatic, manual and low mode selections offer control options to the driver.

• A creep feature for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control.

• Six- and eight-bolt, as well as thru-shaft power take off (PTO) available.

• An oil level sight glass to easily check fluid levels.

 For more information on Eaton transmissions and other Roadranger products and services, visit www.roadranger.com.

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