Dana Selected as 4WD Systems Integrator for Ford/Mazda SUW
18 April 2000Dana Corporation Selected as 4WD Systems Integrator for Innovative Ford/Mazda Sport-Utility Wagon DANA CORPORATION LOGO Dana Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto)[DM] TOLEDO, OH USA 09/03/1999
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 17 Ford/Mazda has selected Dana Corporation's (NYSE: DCN) Automotive Systems Group as the systems integrator of the four-wheel-drive system for its unique, model year 2001 mini sport- utility wagon, the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute. The vehicle will be built in Kansas City, Mo., and Hofu, Japan. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA ) Dana will assemble the rear independent axle, including the rear differential and rear halfshafts, at its facility in Columbia, Mo. The main driveshaft will be produced at Dana's Louisville, Ky., facility. The axle and main driveshaft, coupled with a torque biasing clutch that features an electronic lock-up control, make up the Escape's Control Trac II 4WD System. The Escape is the sixth entry into the Ford Outfitters line-up. With the Mazda Tribute, it gives Ford the most far-reaching sport-utility vehicles on the planet. "We are pleased to have been awarded this incremental business on this new mini sport-utility vehicle," said Bill Carroll, president of Dana's Automotive Systems Group. "We worked closely with Ford and Mazda to develop this four- wheel-drive system, which also includes a lock feature for severe road conditions." Dana's Automotive Systems Group provides under-the-vehicle products and integrated modules and systems to customers anywhere in the world. The Automotive Systems Group consists of Spicer(R) axle products, Spicer(R) driveshaft products, Parish(R) structural products, Nakata(R) steering and suspension products, FTE(R) Automotive brake and clutch systems, and a systems engineering integration and logistics unit. Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. Founded in 1904, and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 320 major facilities in 33 countries and employs more than 82,000 people. The company reported sales of $13.2 billion in 1999. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.