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Wabco Shows OptiDrive, EBS at IAA Show

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

by Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

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HANOVER, GERMANY -- Wabco yesterday showcased its Maxx air disc brake technology, a new range of high-performance, single-piston braking products for trucks, buses and trailers worldwide, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany.
Wabco OptiDrive components, shown in bright trim, operate automated mechanical gearboxes from Volvo Powertrain, Daimler and others.
Wabco OptiDrive components, shown in bright trim, operate automated mechanical gearboxes from Volvo Powertrain, Daimler and others.


Wabco's new Maxx range represents the commercial vehicle industry's lightest and highest performing single-piston air disc brakes, said Jaques Esculier, chairman and CEO. It includes Maxxus 22 for trucks and buses in North America, which is based on single-piston Maxx 22 design that the company pioneered in Europe.

These have been adopted by globally by operating OEMs in series production such as MAN in Europe and Daimler Trucks North America.

"We now extend our single-piston Maxx range air disc brakes into specific truck, bus and trailer applications in different regions of the world," Esculier said.

"These air disc brakes represent a game-changing generation of high-performance, low-weight braking technology that further improves vehicle safety and efficiency through our passion for innovation."

Wabco also showcased its electronic braking system (EBS) for hybrid-driven trucks and buses. It adapts to a wide range of commercial vehicle types and different drivelines.

Wabco's newest generation of EBS provides hybrid-driven trucks with optimal energy recovery across the industry's diverse drivelines by recuperating the vehicle's braking energy in most of the brake actions, Esculier said.

In addition, Wabco displayed its new OptiDrive automated manual transmission. By automating and optimizing gear shifting, OptiDrive and other AMT systems from the company can reduce the vehicle's fuel consumption up to 5 percent, representatives said.

Corrected 9/20/2012 to remove incorrect information about OEs using OptiDrive.

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