SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

April 14, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO's OptiDrive System, a Breakthrough in Transmission Automation Technology, Wins 2010 Automotive News PACE Award

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) [], a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that WABCO's new OptiDrive™ system, a breakthrough in transmission automation technology, has won the 2010 Automotive News PACE™ Award, the automotive industry's benchmark for innovation.

WABCO's OptiDrive system, a modular automated manual transmission system for medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, continues the company's 20-year track record of technology leadership in transmission automation. Its high degree of modularity significantly reduces the development time required for application to transmission and vehicle platforms, enabling faster time to market for manufacturers of trucks, buses and transmissions.

By optimizing gear shifting, WABCO's OptiDrive system improves vehicle control and safety while enhancing the driver's effectiveness. It also significantly contributes to decreased fuel consumption and reduced maintenance cost for the vehicle's powertrain while increasing vehicle efficiency and environmental protection.

Jointly presented by Automotive News, the Transportation Research Center and Ernst & Young, the Automotive News PACE Awards recognize premiere automotive suppliers' contribution to excellence as it relates to the manufacture and sales of cars or commercial vehicles.

"Everyone at WABCO is proud of the superlative recognition that our industry has awarded to our OptiDrive system, one of the most creatively engineered products in our portfolio," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The Automotive News PACE Award powerfully acclaims game-changing innovations that offer outstanding benefits and competitive advantages in our industry's commerce. Our OptiDrive system is another industry breakthrough that marks WABCO's passion for innovation as we strive to grow demand for automated manual transmissions worldwide, particularly in emerging markets where adoption of such systems is expected to expand rapidly."

About the Automotive News PACE Awards Program
The Automotive News PACE Awards program, established in 1994, honors automotive industry suppliers who have embraced innovation or adapted and reinvented themselves to keep abreast of the constantly rising performance bar of the original equipment manufacturer and the rising expectations of consumers. This prestigious program sets the standard for innovation and excellence and has become a significant industry credential. For more information, visit, and

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $1.5 billion in 2009, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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