BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), (www.wabco-auto.com) a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, that series production trucks from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), a leading original equipment manufacturer, are now on the road and fitted with WABCO's breakthrough MAXXUS heavy-duty single-piston air disc brake technology.
As previously announced, WABCO entered into a long-term supply agreement with DTNA in June 2012. As a result, MAXXUS brakes have been fitted to DTNA's range of vehicles since February 2013. MAXXUS is currently available on Freightliner Cascadia®, Coronado®, Columbia®, Business Class® M2 and SD models, as well as Western Star 4700, 4800, and 4900 platforms.
"Daimler Trucks North America is one of the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles in North America and we are proud to supply them with WABCO's MAXXUS air disc brakes, a game-changing generation of high performance, low weight braking technology that significantly increases vehicle safety and efficiency," said Nikhil Varty, WABCO President, Americas. "MAXXUS, being specifically tailored for the local market, is yet another example of WABCO's differentiation through technology leadership, and a further demonstration of the company's commitment to serve North American customers."
WABCO's MAXXUS represents the lightest and highest performing single-piston air disc brake for North America's commercial vehicle industry. Superbly engineered and compactly designed, MAXXUS is more than 40 pounds lighter than a comparable air disc brake, when fitted to a 6x4 truck, thus boosting fuel efficiency and enabling increased transport payload.
MAXXUS air disc brakes have been specifically designed for the North American market and are well within U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for stopping distance, offering stable braking with virtually no fading and excellent downhill performance. In addition, an adaptor plate enables the MAXXUS air disc brake to be fitted to standard drum brake axles.
The company's latest innovation in air disc brakes also offers significant maintenance advantages over comparable drum brakes as service intervals are longer, resulting in less downtime, and brake pad changes take less than half the time of lining changes on drum brakes.
MAXXUS is based on WABCO's breakthrough MAXX22 single-piston technology, pioneered in Europe. MAXX 22 brakes are the industry's lightest and highest performing single-piston air disc brakes and have already been adopted by major globally operating makers of commercial trucks and buses.
WABCO and Meritor WABCO at MATS 2013: Booth 34455 in South Wing
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky, March 21 to 23, 2013
MAXXUS and other recent technology breakthroughs pioneered by WABCO will be showcased at the WABCO booth at MATS 2013. These include: c-comp compressor with integrated clutch; ESCsmart, latest generation electronic stability control (ESC) with "Drive-it-Away" and "self-learning" capabilities; a new electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) for 6x2 vehicles; OnGuard collision mitigation systems, and a next generation pneumatic and hydraulic anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic stability control.
Joint WABCO and Meritor WABCO events at MATS 2013
-- ESCsmart "Drive-it-Away" seminar, March 20, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm, Room C108, South Wing -- OnGuard collision mitigation system "Ride-and-Drive," March 20 and 21, 2013 (sign up at WABCO booth 34455)
As the technology leader in the global commercial vehicle industry, WABCO's breakthroughs include, among other vehicle safety and efficiency technologies, the first autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS), the first high performance single-piston air disc brake, the first collision mitigation system (CMS) with active braking, and the first electronic stability control (ESC) system. WABCO also pioneered the industry's first electronic braking system (EBS), the first electronically-controlled air suspension (ECAS), the first automated manual transmission (AMT) system and the first anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Founded in the United States in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company, WABCO is a U.S. public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.5 billion in 2012, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.
About Meritor WABCO
Meritor WABCO is a North American joint venture focused on the development and delivery of proven, integrated safety technology and efficiency components. These include braking systems and controls, active safety systems, and suspension control systems for commercial vehicles in North America. Two leading global suppliers back Meritor WABCO, each with more than 100-year legacies. Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR), a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, provides the JV with the industry's most extensive service and support network; while WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, pioneering breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, collision mitigation, stability control and transmission automation systems. For more information, visit www.meritorwabco.com.