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Penske Truck Rental Adds 500 Semi-Tractors Featuring Eaton's UltraShift PLUS MHP Transmissions

May 10, 2013

Penske Truck Rental is adding 500 new Freightliner semi-tractors to its commercial truck rental fleet featuring Eaton's UltraShift® PLUS Multipurpose High Performance (MHP) Automated Transmissions. 

"We're pleased to introduce this new automated transmission as a value-added feature for our commercial rental customers and their truck drivers," said Penske's Don Mikes, senior vice president of Rental. "Smooth shifting automated transmissions offer fleet operators improved fuel economy and an added dimension of safety as the truck driver's hands stay on the wheel versus shifting manually."

Built upon Eaton's robust Fuller 13- and 18-speed manual transmissions, the UltraShift PLUSPerformance Series uses an electronic clutch actuator to provide faster shifting and smoother engagement. Intelligent shift selection software uses changes in grade, weight and throttle to calculate the most efficient and effective shift points. The UltraShift PLUS fully engages the clutch at idle, giving the driver ultimate control in challenging situations.

"We are pleased that Penske Truck Rental has chosen Eaton's UltraShift PLUS transmissions for these new additions to its fleet," said John Coll, vice president, global marketing for Eaton's Vehicle Group. "Commercial drivers, who rent these trucks will experience the benefits of our product that have helped make UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions a popular choice among professional drivers."

With one of the newest rental truck fleets, Penske Truck Rental provides businesses with sleeper and day cab semi-tractors, straight trucks, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, trailers, and more. Penske rents the top brands of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles including Ford, GMC, Hino, Isuzu, Freightliner, International, Peterbilt, and Volvo. Penske also offers do-it-yourself movers well-maintained rental trucks as well as moving equipment, packing supplies, and accessories. Penske Truck Rental is one of the premier commercial truck rental providers in the industry operating a fleet of more than 50,000 units.

Call (800) PENSKE-1 to rent one of these new vehicles.

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