Heavy Duty Trucking

JUL 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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test drive c 34 HDT • JULY 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Vehicle Acceleration Management features. The engine and transmission share critical data, deter- mining the torque required to deliver the power level drivers need in the most fuel-efficient way. I had a full day last month to get to know this new combo a little better. I visited the Winnipeg, Manitoba terminal of TransX Ltd. The company had ordered a significant num- ber of the new powertrains, and graciously delayed putting one of them into service so I could drive it right off the showroom floor, so to speak. TransX has about 1,700 trucks and about 4,000 trailers run- ning across Canada and all through the lower 48. The company sits in the number 3 Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo. The marketing literature shows the Cummins engine in its natural red, bolted to a blue Eaton transmission. They could easily have made them both the same color, given how closely they now seem to be tied. The close collaboration between the two engineering groups has definitely paid off, leav- ing precious little to complain about. The Eaton Fuller Advantage that's part of the SmartAdvantage powertrain is a very smooth-shifting, low-rpm, automated manual transmission that offers weight savings, eliminates the need for an external cooler, requires less lubricant and delivers all the fuel- saving features we could ask for from a box full of gears. Of course Cummins makes a large contribu- tion to the effort too, with its SmartTorque2 and Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk Jim Park Equipment Editor The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience. test drive The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work.

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