ALLISON TRANSMISSION CHOSEN FOR AGRALE’S FIRST ARTICULATED BUS
Agrale, the Brazilian bus manufacturer, has chosen Allison Transmission for its first automatic articulated bus manufactured in South America. The Agrale MT 27 LE is a rear engine, articulated, low entry, 18 metre bus with a gross combined weight of 27 tonnes. Equipped with air suspension, the bus matches an Allison T375R transmission to an MWM engine for its Euro III version and a Cummins engine for the Euro V version.
The chassis is made in Agrale’s plant in Mercedes in the Buenos Aires Province; the body is made by Todo Bus in the Buenos Aires Federal District. Agrale began production at its Mercedes facility in 2013 following a US$12.5 million investment plan as part of its international expansion strategy to meet the growing demand for Agrale products in Argentina’s domestic market.
Precise, automatic shift schedules mean increased efficiency for the large articulated buses, which operate in frequent urban stop-and-go duty cycles. This is just one reason several cities in South American Bus Rapid Transit markets are already using articulated buses with Allison fully automatic transmissions, including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru.