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Penske adding 500 Freightliners with Eaton auto trans

Jason Cannon May 8, 2013

Penske Truck Rental announced Wednesday plans to add 500 new Freightliner semi-tractors to its commercial truck rental fleet.

The trucks will feature Eaton’s UltraShiftPLUS Multipurpose High Performance (MHP) Automated Transmissions.

“Smooth shifting automated transmissions offer fleet operators improved fuel economy and an added dimension of safety as the truck driver’s hands stay on the wheel versus shifting manually,” Penske’s Don Mikes , Senior Vice President of Rental, says.

The UltraShift PLUS uses an electronic clutch actuator to provide faster shifting and smoother engagement. Intelligent shift selection software uses changes in grade, weight and throttle to calculate the most efficient and effective shift points. The UltraShift PLUS fully engages the clutch at idle, giving the driver ultimate control in challenging situations.

“Commercial drivers, who rent these trucks will experience the benefits of our product that have helped make UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions a popular choice among professional drivers,” John Coll , Vice President, Global Marketing for Eaton’s Vehicle Group, says.

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