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Allison Transmission prime supplier for Korean fire truck market

Since 2003, Allison Transmission has provided more than 1,000 fully automatic transmissions for fire vehicles in Korea, ensuring vehicles arrive on-scene quickly and are able to douse fires while moving.

SEOUL, Korea, 8th of January 2014 – Allison Transmission recently reaffirmed its top market position as a prime supplier of fully automatic transmissions for the Korean emergency vehicle market. Since first entering the market, Allison, the world’s largest manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles, has supplied more than 1,000 transmissions to Korean fire truck customers. Sales include Allison 2500, 3000, 3200 and 4500 transmission models covering a variety of emergency vehicle sizes and types.

This range of transmissions supports local municipal market demand as defined by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which posts public notices for supply contracts. Allison fully automatic transmissions are installed in a variety of emergency and rescue trucks, including medium and large pump trucks, ladder trucks and ambulances. Many of these chassis are manufactured by Hyundai Motors and TATA Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company in trucks ranging from 4.5 tons to 19 tons.

“Considering the duty of emergency responders to arrive at accidents as quickly as possible, securing excellent mobility is critical,” said Kwon Ki-baek, Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Department’s Manager of Equipment Maintenance.

Allison Continuous Power Technology™ ensures dispatched vehicles travel to rescue sites quickly and safely, showing improved acceleration performance as compared to manual and semi-automatic transmissions. Advanced features also provide inching control, allowing precise vehicle positioning even as the engine runs at higher speeds. This enables Allison-equipped fire trucks to spray water when moving, while the power take-off (PTO) provision affords the necessary power to extend ladders and operate pumps simultaneously.

As the manager in charge of Seoul’s emergency support vehicle maintenance team, Ki-baek agrees that delivering seamless and simultaneous operations, as well as superior performance and mobility, has made Allison-equipped trucks the preferred vehicles at emergency scenes. “By removing additional gear and clutch pedal operations in urgent situations, Allison fully automatic transmissions help firefighters focus on driving, preventing accidents and dispatching necessary, timely support to the scene.” Due to the advantages directly related to safety and faster response times, more municipalities have made acquiring fully automatic transmissions for emergency response vehicles a priority. Currently, at least one automatic transmission model is included with all fire truck supply bids in Korea, and NEMA requires fully automatic transmissions be specified for 19-ton trucks.

In partnership with NEMA, Allison Transmission offers educational transmission maintenance sessions for agency mechanics and operators. With more city and regional fire stations procuring Allison products, the company is expanding education sessions to other major cities in Korea. “By further extending the supply of proven transmission products, Allison Transmission is proud to support Korea’s firefighters and officials as they protect lives and property,” said Chang-wook (Simon) Kim, managing director for Allison Transmission in Korea.

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 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 2,800 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

About Allison Transmission Korea
Allison Transmission’s Korean office was established in 1989 and has supplied thousands of automatic transmissions to Korean manufacturers across a variety of applications.

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