Recently I wrote about how 65 percent of new Hino 500 series trucks sold in Australia have Allison Transmission fully automatic transmissions. According to a new press release, Allison, the world’s leading manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles, has just launched a brand new transmission: the Allison 3414 Haul Series (RHS).
The new system—an upgraded version of the Allison 3000 series—was rolled out in tandem with Freightliner Trucks, North America’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.
“The Allison 3000 Highway Series™ is widely recognized as the industry standard for city delivery tractors,” said Randy Kirk, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering & Program Management at Allison Transmission, according to Business Wire. “In response to the voice of customers, the new 3414 RHS has been designed to meet higher engine torque requirements and provide improved efficiency while continuing to deliver the superior reliability, performance, and drivability of an Allison fully automatic transmission.”
John Coll, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing, Sales and Service at Allison Transmission, said the company is excited to see the impact the 3414 RHS will have on the market:
“We’re thrilled to bring this product to market. We’re confident this product will deliver everything our customers have been asking for: increased ratings capability, improved drivability, industry-leading warranty coverage, compatibility with diesel and natural gas engines and improved fuel economy—all while maintaining the lightest weight in the segment with the proven performance and durability of an Allison.”
Available with ratings up to 410 hp and 1450 lb/ft of torque, the 3413 RHS provides 25 percent faster acceleration from 0 to 20 mph. Moreover, new shifting technology designed to maximize fuel efficiency enhances fuel economy by as much as 8 percent.
Kary Schaefer, General Manager, Product Marketing and Strategy at Daimler Trucks North America, said the new system will be available next year.
“Freightliner Trucks and Allison Transmission have a long history of partnering to bring our mutual customers the powertrain solutions they demand,” he said. “Our Food and Beverage customers expressed a need for this product and our response is partnering with Allison to bring the 3414 RHS transmission to market in the second half of 2020.”