SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

September 21, 2010 02:00 ET

WABCO Introduces OnGuardPLUS, a Breakthrough in Emergency Braking, at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010; Shows Other Technology Innovations for Vehicle Safety and Efficiency From Global Engineering Network

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and HANOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today introduced its new breakthrough OnGuardPLUS™ technology, an advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010 in Hanover, Germany.

"At IAA 2010, our suite of technology innovations shows how WABCO engineers around the world are addressing advanced safety, vehicle efficiency and environmental sustainability while respecting the local needs of customers in each region," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "WABCO's innovation showcase at IAA further strengthens our technology leadership as we continue to maximize value for manufacturers of trucks, buses and trailers, and aftermarket customers."

Available from 2012 for trucks and buses worldwide, OnGuardPLUS is the commercial vehicle industry's first system in compliance with the European Union's expected regulation to make AEBS mandatory on new heavy commercial vehicles from November 2013.

OnGuardPLUS fully applies brakes in imminent collision situations when reacting to moving vehicles ahead as well as decelerating vehicles that come to a standstill. It autonomously initiates emergency braking, enables maximum possible deceleration and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. It also reacts to stationary vehicles, for example, when approaching traffic congestion.

WABCO's fuel-saving breakthroughs include OptiDrive™ transmission automation system, recipient of the 2010 Automotive News PACE™ Award, the automotive industry's benchmark for innovation. By optimizing gear shifting, OptiDrive improves vehicle control while enhancing the driver's effectiveness. It can also save up to 5 percent on fuel consumption, a major cost saving and environmental benefit over the vehicle's lifetime.

WABCO's IAA 2010 showcase of technology innovations includes systems, products and services for vehicle dynamics and stability control, driver assistance, compression and braking, transmission automation and driveline controls, and diagnostics for onboard electronics.

WABCO at IAA 2010 in Hall 17 at Stand A20

Where:   Hanover Exhibition Center; Hanover, Germany
Press Days:   September 21 and 22
Public Days:   September 23 to 30

WABCO Press Conference

September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Center

Live Demonstrations at IAA Innovation Stage

WABCO trucks equipped with innovative driver assistance systems will be featured daily in live demonstrations at the IAA Innovation Stage (outdoor area, north of Hall 26).

Keynote about India by WABCO Chairman and CEO

WABCO Chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier will address experience as a supplier in India on September 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Convention Center.

Keynote about China by WABCO Chairman and CEO

WABCO Chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier will address challenges and opportunities in China on September 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Convention Center.

About WABCO

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 www.wabco-auto.com

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