Allison has announced a partnership with Hyundai to launch of Allison’s 1000 xFE automatic transmission in Hyundai’s Mighty 2.5 and 3.5-tonne trucks.
Hyundai has selected the Allison 1000 Series for its Mighty range which until now has only been available in manual form, citing a growing interest by Korean and global fleets for two pedal operation, along with an increasing need for ease of operation, fuel economy, reliability, service availability, and productivity.
“Allison is a long standing partner being part of our medium duty truck range and both large and small buses”, said Mr. Lee Yang Seon, head of the commercial vehicle marketing group at Hyundai.
“Mighty buyers will enjoy durability and value and a safer driving and riding experience with the Allison 1000 xFE,” said Mr Lee.
“The 1000 xFE will be delivered with factory installed synthetic fluid resulting in better total cost of ownership and the release will give Hyundai a competitive advantage over the competition.”
Allison says the 1000 xFE offers improved launch performance, increased productivity, smoother shifting, easier operation, and enhanced driver comfort, as compared to competitive manual and automated manual transmissions.
It further claims the 1000 xFE uses a patented torque converter, which offers superior performance and eliminates clutch replacements as well as increased economic value due to productivity and reduced downtime versus traditional manual and automated manual transmissions.
Through the torque converter, the 1000 xFE will achieve optimized maneuvering in confined spaces whether in city conditions or on construction sites, says Allison.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Hyundai to bring this valuable combination to market as the first truck application with our xFE technology, and thank them for strengthening our partnership. We recognize that Hyundai leads innovation in the extremely dynamic Korean and global commercial vehicle industry,” said Mr. Ashwin Gopalaswamy, executive director of Asia Pacific Sales at Allison Transmission.
“We’re confident the Allison 1000 xFE in the Mighty will deliver everything our mutual customers have been asking for.”
The Mighty with Allison 1000 xFE began full production in January 2020.
Recognising the market’s focus on fuel economy, the choice of 1000 xFE transmission allows the combination of a unique hardware and FuelSense 2.0 software for optimum fuel performance says Allison.
The FuelSense 2.0 software with DynActive shifting provides an infinitely variable combination of shift points, using a learning algorithm to continuously monitor and adjust shifting for the ideal balance of fuel economy and performance, based on the vehicle’s duty cycle.
This ensures the vehicle operates more efficiently, while still achieving the performance expected of an Allison. In addition, the 1000 xFE transmission is also equipped with a Low Rate Damper to further enhance driver comfort and reduce driveline shock, as compared to manual and automated manual transmissions.
The Mighty with the Allison 1000 xFE is anticipated to address a variety of domestic segments in Korea, including pick-up and delivery, specialty, refuse, and fire, and will be exported to Australia as well. The domestic market alone represents approximately 10,000 vehicles annually.