A group of 25 German vehicle representatives recently visited the Allison Manufacturing Facility and Customer Experience (ACE) Center in Szentgotthárd, Hungary. During on- and off-road test drives, visitors personally experienced the benefits of Allison fully automatic transmissions.
MAINZ, Germany, 13th of November 2013 – The two-day Allison Transmission customer event attracted representatives from Iveco and Temsa Global importer, Ziegler, as well as fleet members from fire, refuse, construction and municipal services. In Szentgotthárd, Hungary, just a few kilometers from the Austrian border, Allison Transmission operates its European Manufacturing Facility, along with its six-hectare Allison Customer Experience (ACE) Center, which includes a Demonstration and Drive Track.Allison’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility produces 3000, 4000 and Torqmatic® Series™ fully automatic transmissions for markets outside of North America. During the factory tour, participants had the opportunity to become familiar with Allison production processes and appreciate the quality checks which include a 200-point functional test and final inspection. Following the plant tour, visitors were ushered to the ACE Center for more information about the company’s nearly 100-year history, products and technology.
“I knew that Allison builds high-quality transmissions, but the effort behind this, and learning that every single transmission produced is completely tested in order to detect any quality problems, have really impressed me. Also, it was new to me that Allison transmissions are used in so many applications and vehicles,” said Uwe Klein, Awista Düsseldorf’s refuse vehicle workshop division manager.
The opportunity to drive Allison-equipped vehicles and compare the superior performance to manual-equipped vehicles is an eye-opening experience for most commercial specialists. At the Demonstration and Drive Track, a number of demo vehicles were available, allowing visitors to experience the Allison advantage first-hand, including smooth and rapid acceleration with a Temsa MD9, Iveco Eurocargo 100E18, Volvo FL 290 4x2, Mercedes Econic 1828 NGT and Scania G440 8x4. On the off-road course, a Mercedes Zetros 1833A 4x4, Iveco Trakker 410T41 and Volvo FE 340 6x4 were also available.
“Impressive! Off-road, nothing beats a fully automatic transmission,” Georg Besten, Dorsten Fire Department’s Technical Manager, commented enthusiastically.
“We are so convinced by Allison transmissions that there won’t be an alternative when it comes to new purchases,” added Gerhard Regensburger, Technical Manager for Gräfelfing’s fire brigade.
Allison operates another Demonstration and Drive Track at its Indianapolis, Indiana, headquarters, where thousands of visitors have tested a wide range of Allison-equipped vehicles. Allison invested in the six-hectare, multimillion dollar facility in Hungary to better serve their expanding European customer-base.
“Szentgotthárd is a centralized location where both on- and off-highway demonstration vehicles allow customers to evaluate the benefits of an Allison automatic in varying conditions and right from the driver’s seat,” said Manlio Alvaro, Europe, Middle East and Africa Marketing Manager for Allison Transmission. “Visitors appreciate the hands-on learning experience, which helps them make the best choice for their own fleets.”
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 sys-tems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including re-fuse, 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 re-gional 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 www.allisontransmission.com.
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