NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor® (NYSE: MTOR) is introducing a lighter weight, more efficient carrier platform designed for Class 6 and 7 applications at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2016 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition. It will be available for OEM production starting in the second quarter of this year.
"With its power-dense design, the 13X is built to meet or exceed customer expectations for performance and durability," said Karl Mayer, director, Product Strategy, Axles, North America for Meritor. "While the 14X platform has served us well in these markets, we've listened to our OEM customers' requests for an axle that is lighter, more efficient and tailored to meet the needs of medium-duty applications."
Engineered for a variety of medium-duty applications, including pick-up and delivery, beverage, utility, school bus, construction and ambulance, the single, rear-drive 13X utilizes the best technologies of Meritor's proven 14X platform. Because the 13X includes the same housing, yokes and seals as the 14X, the new axle system will be familiar to fleet technicians.
Available in a wide variety of ratios from 3.90 to 6.50 and with gross axle weight ratings (GAWR) between 17,000 and 21,000 pounds, the 13X can be configured for most Class 6 and 7 specific applications and fleet needs. The 13X is offered with standard differentials and is compatible with air drum or hydraulic disc brakes as well as parking brakes. For limited application options that the 13X will not address, including ratios or driver-controlled differential locks (DCDL), the 14X single-axle platform will continue to be available.
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 approximately 8,400 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.
SOURCE Meritor, Inc.