Press Release Summary:
Combining thermal bypass valve with active warm-up unit, LongÂ® active and passive warm-up units reduce time needed for engines to meet optimum operating temperature in cooler climates. Units divert wasted heat from vehicle cooling and exhaust systems to heat lubricants, increasing system response time as well as fuel conservation. By maintaining proper oil temperatures, product promotes optimal engine performance and efficiency.
Original Press Release:
Dana Introduces Active Warm-Up Technology
Product Named Automotive News PACE Award Finalist
MAUMEE, Ohio -- Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) is helping automakers meet regulatory standards by delivering improved fuel economy and reduced emissions with its new line of Long® active and passive warm-up units.
Dana's line of active warm-up units (AWUs) was chosen as a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Awards, which honor superior innovation, technological advancement, and business performance among automotive suppliers. The units are being supplied to Ford Motor Co. for the 2012 Ford Edge.
Dana's unique technology combines the thermal bypass valve with the active warm-up unit to deliver an integrated system that reduces complexity and increases the system's response time.
Early testing of the units at Dana's engineering facility in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, demonstrated fuel savings of up to 4 percent.
In cooler climates, engines take longer to meet optimum operating temperature. The combination of these technologies reduces the time required by diverting wasted heat from the vehicle cooling and exhaust systems to heat lubricants.
"Maintaining proper oil temperatures translates into engine performance and efficiency. Dana's thermal management team was able to improve the response time of the warming process by integrating the bypass valve and the warm up unit, helping these vehicles achieve improved fuel economy and reduced emissions," said Roger Wood, Dana president and chief executive officer. "We are delighted that this technology has been recognized by Automotive News as a finalist for the PACE Award."
The units will be manufactured at the company's facilities in Rochester Hills and St. Clair, Mich.
About the Automotive News PACE Awards
The Automotive News PACE Awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. This prestigious award, now in its eighteenth year, is recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation. The 2012 Automotive News PACE Awards will be presented on April 23, 2012 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
About Dana Holding Corporation
Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles, driveshafts, and transmissions), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light- and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers. The company's customer base includes nearly every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 24,000 people in 26 countries and reported 2010 sales of $6.1 billion. For more information, please visit www.dana.com.