Dana Corporation Introduces TXT(TM) Axle Differential Technology for
Improved Torque Management in All-Wheel-Drive Passenger Vehicles
FT. WAYNE, Ind., March 12 Dana Corporation
today introduced its new Torque Transfer Technology, or TXT(TM) axle
differential. TXT offers improved torque management in all-wheel-drive
passenger vehicles -- all in a simple space -- and weight-saving design.
TXT is the first axle differential to offer a cost-efficient solution for
improved handling for all types of vehicles. Its space- and weight-saving
features are particularly relevant in today's market with the increasing
demand for all-wheel drive passenger cars and crossover sport-utility
vehicles. TXT's flexible design can be mounted on either axle to transfer
torque front to rear, or rear to front. It will also be available with
electronic controls and, when combined with Dana's side-to-side Hydra-Lok(TM)
differential, offers an unmatched torque-control package.
"The Hydra-Lok and TXT technologies are excellent examples of Dana's
global strategy to develop affordable solutions that meet the safety and NVH
expectations of our customers," said Bill Carroll, president of Dana's
Automotive Systems Group. "We're very proud of this latest advancement. TXT
can improve driver control and handling of any car on the road today in
challenging conditions. We feel that delivering technology of this type is
the best way to offer real value to our OEM partners."
TXT's patented hydro-mechanical technology incorporates an open
differential with a state-of-the-art hydraulic pump and clutch system that
detects wheel slippage and progressively and seamlessly transfers torque to
the non-driving axle. TXT is unique in that it is completely contained within
the axle and does not require a torque-coupling device. This improvement
saves under-body space and reduces weight. TXT's compact design also has an
NVH benefit: Its location in line with the half shafts eliminates the
unbalance vibrations typical of heavier, more complex designs.
TXT was developed by Dana's Spicer Light Vehicle Axle Group, which is part
of Dana's global automotive axle operations and consists of more than 25
manufacturing, assembly, and research and development facilities in 16
These operations are part of Dana's Automotive Systems Group, a leading
provider of under-the-vehicle integration technologies for automotive
manufacturers worldwide. The group offers advanced driveline design
solutions, complete integrated systems engineering, and logistics. The group
draws upon a combined expertise in the following products: Spicer(R) axles and
driveshafts; Getrag(R) transmissions, transaxles, PTUs and axles; structures
and chassis systems; Nakata(R) steering and suspension systems; FTE(R) brake
and clutch actuation systems; and Tremec(R) transmissions.
Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers to vehicle
manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. Founded in 1904 and based in
Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 300 major facilities in 35 countries
and employs more than 75,000 people. The company reported sales of
$12.3 billion in 2000. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .