News Release
Meritor's® New FUELite+™ and Super-Fast 2.28 Ratio for 14X Tandem Deliver Increased Fuel Economy through Downspeeding
Axle Solutions Serve North America's 6x4 and 6x2 Markets

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor® (NYSE: MTOR) is announcing the launch of the FUELite+™ 6x2 rear axle and the addition of a 2.28 super-fast ratio to its 14X 6x4 rear-drive tandem axle. Both products are designed to achieve better overall vehicle efficiency through lightweight, more efficient designs and faster axle ratios suited for downspeeding. These products are being showcased at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in booth No. 910 from Feb. 16 through Feb. 19.       

FUELite+ Offers Fast Ratios for 6x2 Market

FUELite+, one of three new products Meritor is launching at TMC, will be available to North America OEMs in March. The new axle offers fast ratios of 2.31 and 2.47 to the growing 6x2 market in North America. Additional ratio options will be available soon.

Manufactured with the latest technology, such as laser-welding to reduce weight and improve durability of components, FUELite+ delivers all the benefits of Meritor's proven FUELite products. FUELite+ has the same suspension fit as the current FUELite platform and is compatible with T-type and industry-standard yokes. Features and benefits include:

  • Meritor's DualTrac™ housing, which offers the option of running wide-based single or dual tires for enhanced efficiency and improved residual value;
  • Higher gross combination weight ratings up to 140,000 pounds;
  • Between 15 and 20 pounds of additional weight savings over the current FUELite;
  • Standard driver-controlled differential lock maximizes traction in unfavorable driving conditions.

FUELite+ also offers an application of automatic differential lock capability at higher speeds, which is a unique enabler for traction enhancement in the 6x2 segment. Integrating this automated feature into the OEMs' electronic architecture will deliver ultimate traction control under adverse conditions and address improper activation and deactivation.

Super-Fast 2.28 Ratio for 14X Tandem

Meritor will offer the super-fast 2.28 ratio on the 14X platform in August 2015. The faster axle ratios built into FUELite+ and the new 14X 2.28 ratio can be integrated with Meritor's recently launched RPL35 and RPL35SD drivelines to handle the high torques resulting from downspeeding.        

"With FUELite+ and the new super-fast ratio for our 14X portfolio, truck operators can achieve that fuel-economy 'sweet spot' through downspeeding," said Karl Mayer, director, Product Strategy for Meritor. "While the 14X was designed to handle higher torques, Meritor fortified the already strong design by enlarging the pinion system to handle the extreme torque levels associated with downspeeding."

Downspeeding employs direct-drive transmissions and fast axle gear ratios to maintain vehicle speed at lower engine rpms to enhance vehicle efficiency and improve mileage. "These Meritor products offer the industry comprehensive downspeeding solutions that enhance performance and efficiency for the 6x2 and 6x4 markets," Mayer said. "By adding versatile new products and strengthening Meritor's current offerings, our industry-leading solutions are helping OEMs better serve North America's established 6x4 market and the trend toward 6x2-equipped vehicles."

Both the 14X and FUELite+ carriers will also be available through Meritor's normal aftermarket distribution channels.

About Meritor

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.

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