Allison Transmission announces collaborations with Mack Trucks and FCCC at WTW22


Allison Transmission partners with Mack Trucks to expand medium-duty product portfolio
Allison Transmission, the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, is proud to announce that Mack Trucks has expanded its product portfolio to offer Allison’s 3000 Rugged Duty Series™ (RDS) transmission for the Mack Class 6 and Class 7 MD truck series. The Allison 3000 RDS is now available to order on the Mack MD Series.

In addition to the Allison 2500 Highway SeriesTM transmission, which is the standard transmission on Mack’s MD Series, and the 2500 Rugged Duty Series, which is optional, Mack is now offering a third transmission option on the MD Series. Mack has added the Allison 3000 RDS option for heavier-duty applications that require increased power and vehicle weight ratings. Mack’s MD Series trucks with an Allison 3000 RDS will feature a 33,000 pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), expanding the MD Series addressable market to vocational customers in applications such as refuse, recycling, propane, and construction. The Allison 3000 Series will also enable Mack MD Series customers to pull trailers up to a Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVW) of 45,000 pounds. The 3000 RDS also provides customers with Allison’s live Power Take-off (PTO) feature, which delivers uninterrupted power for higher vehicle efficiency and improved ease of operation. Like Allison’s 2500 Series transmission, the 3000 Series will be paired with a Cummins B6.7 engine.

“Allison is proud to partner with Mack Trucks to provide our customers with a robust transmission option designed to deliver the optimum blend of power and performance that drivers demand, combined with the proven reliability and durability that our customers know and expect from our fully automatic transmissions,” said Rohan Barua, Vice President, North America Sales, Global Channel and Aftermarket at Allison Transmission. “The increased ratings enabled by our 3000 Series transmission will increase the MD Series addressable market by approximately 25,000 vehicles annually, expanding vehicle options for Mack’s customers and adding breadth of applications to the company’s medium-duty portfolio.”

The Mack MD Series vehicles equipped with the Allison 3000 RDS transmission are expected to enter into production in July 2022. In the coming months, the transmissions installed in Mack MD Series trucks will also include Allison’s new next generation electronic controls platform, featuring additional capabilities including advanced communications, functional safety and cybersecurity and over-the-air programming.

Allison Transmission Announces Collaboration with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation on Walk-In Van Program
Allison Transmission is pleased to announce that uprate variants of the Allison 1000 Series™ and 2000 Series™ transmissions will be integrated into Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation’s (FCCC) new powertrain combination for its MT walk-in van chassis. The transmissions will be equipped with Allison’s next-generation electronic controls platform. Built on decades of evolution and experience and combined with state-of-the-art microprocessor and software operating system technology, the platform is capable of delivering advanced communications, functional safety, cybersecurity and over-the-air programming.

“Allison has long shared in our commitment to innovation and excellence, which is why we’re excited to once again partner with them on these latest updates to our walk-in van product lineup,” said Greg Baker, Commercial Product Manager for FCCC. “These new Allison transmissions will provide a number of important enhancements and features to the next generation of our MT chassis.”

FCCC’s walk-in van chassis will provide customers with increased productivity and proven fuel economy. Designed for commercial vehicles in on-highway applications including walk-in vans, the Allison 1000/2000 Series transmissions, upgraded with its next-generation controls platform, will be paired with a GM 6.6L engine to offer a rating of up to 380 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The new 1005 Highway Series and 2205 Highway Series models will provide an increase of approximately 40 hp over Allison’s current 1000/2000 Series transmission ratings. Production of the MT walk-in van chassis with this new powertrain is planned to begin later this month.

Allison implemented numerous hardware and software enhancements to support the capabilities offered by the new controls platform, including a new Control Module as well as a new software operating system, controls and calibration software and cyber security infrastructure.

“By combining Allison’s proven fully automatic transmissions with next-generation electronic controls, we’re able to provide fleets with innovative technology they can rely on,” said Ryan Milburn, Vice President of Product Engineering at Allison Transmission. “We’re proud to partner with FCCC to deliver a light commercial vehicle chassis designed to increase productivity and efficiency for our mutual customers.”

The uprated 1000/2000 Highway Series transmissions will feature a standard five-year warranty, allowing FCCC and its fleet customers to leverage Allison’s network of more than 1,400 Allison Authorized Distributors and Dealers around the globe to access the products, training, service and support customers demand.

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