Through its partnership with Foton, an international commercial vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Beijing, China, Allison Transmission is providing the propulsion solution for 400 Foton AUV compressed natural gas (CNG) buses being exported to Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to aid in the state’s plan to modernize public transportation. In China last year, Allison realized double digit growth in export bus sales.
“This latest award is representative of the significant growth Allison is experiencing in the Chinese transit bus market as a result of partnerships we’ve established with OEMs to export buses from China to markets throughout the Americas, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East,” said Heidi Schutte, Vice President of EMEA, APAC and South America Sales, Allison Transmission. “We’re proud to collaborate with Foton to support Nuevo Leon in its efforts to improve quality of life for transit passengers by providing a cleaner transportation option that will support sustainability initiatives.”
Equipped with an Allison Torqmatic® Series fully automatic transmission and a Cummins engine, the Foton buses are powered by CNG. This combination is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and engine noise levels, while maximizing vehicle uptime and lowering maintenance costs through the elimination of clutches found in manual and automated manual transmissions.
“Foton’s collaboration with Allison has enabled us to meet customer demand for a transit bus that optimizes performance and reduces total cost of ownership,” said Gao Yi, Vice President of Foton International and General Manager of New Energy Vehicle Business & Europe Business, Foton. “We’re pleased to play a key role in advancing public transportation for residents of Nuevo Leon.”
In addition to partnering with Foton to provide more environmentally friendly transit buses to Nuevo Leon, Allison has collaborated with several major Chinese bus manufacturers in the past year, including Yutong, Ankai, Xiamen Golden Dragon, King Long, BCI and Zhongtong, to deliver significant volume for public transit buses and coaches to export markets including Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Armenia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.