Dana reveals new single axle details, enhances Spicer driveshafts

HANOVER, GERMANY. Dana Incorporated revealed new details about its Spicer global single axle for trucks, tractors, and coaches at the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show. The company also announced enhancements to its Spicer Compact Series Plus driveshafts for trucks and buses ranging from 9 to 66 tons. 

Engineered for 6x2 and 4x2 axle configurations, this family of single-reduction, solo drive axles can be customized for vehicle applications with gross combination weight ratings of 32 to 45 tonnes (70,000 to 100,000 lbs.), Dana said.

“Now available for pre-production testing, the Spicer global single axle offers increased mechanical efficiency and less weight than current offerings,” according to the company. “With improved operating efficiency and a higher payload, production units are scheduled to hit the market in 2018. The Spicer global single axle has been engineered on a flexible platform that combines design and production efficiency with various application-specific demands. This axle is the first to support ratios lower than 2:1 as part of a range of axle ratios designed for engine downspeeding.”

“The regional market needs of today’s global commercial-vehicle manufacturers vary greatly, but Dana offers solutions that are truly localized to meet our customers’ specific requirements,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “The Spicer global single axle family delivers the increased efficiency that is required by the industry, along with regional customization that buyers demand.  This axle can also be paired with a wide selection of Spicer driveshafts for a fully optimized drivetrain solution.” 

Dana said it also offers a range of synthetic gear lubricants, such as the Spicer XFE-75W90 axle lubricant, to further improve fuel economy.

Dana also announced it is producing versions of its driveshaft for medium-duty vehicles, and a series of six models to support a full range of torque capacities will be available by the second quarter of 2017.

“With the new Spicer Compact Series Plus driveshafts, our engineers have created a range of durable driveshafts that also helps original-equipment manufacturers meet growing efficiency standards,” Wallace said. “Our technological expertise combined with a comprehensive, flexible program to support global production demonstrates Dana’s proficiency in equipping trucks around the world with industry-leading solutions.” 

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