SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

February 23, 2011 07:00 ET

WABCO Supplies Dakar 2011 Truck Winner With High Performance Braking Technology

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) (, a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that WABCO continues to supply its most advanced, high performance braking technology to KAMAZ-Master, the Russian national off-road truck rally team and winner of Dakar 2011, the world's most challenging endurance rally.

KAMAZ-Master trucks finished in first, second, third and fourth place at Dakar 2011 out of 68 trucks representing 12 different branded competitors. It marks the team's first-place victory for a third year in a row and an unprecedented tenth time that KAMAZ-Master wins the Dakar competition.

For Dakar 2011, WABCO equipped KAMAZ-Master heavy duty trucks with high performance air compressors, advanced pressure controls for the braking and tire inflation systems, and WABCO Tristop® Cylinders, one of the world's most reliable piston-type spring brake cylinders.

"Our success at Dakar 2011 demonstrates, once again, that KAMAZ-Master is recognized as one of the world's top teams in commercial truck sports. Our unmatched track record shows superlative vehicle performance and teamwork," said Semen Yakubov, Chairman of the Board NP KAMAZ-Autosport. "WABCO helps sustain our success through engineering excellence, high quality and optimum reliability in their products and services year after year."

"We congratulate KAMAZ-Master Team for winning the four top places at DAKAR 2011 and continuing their world class championship as we share their passion for advanced vehicle safety, efficiency and performance," said Jean-Christophe Figueroa, WABCO Vice President, Vehicle Dynamics and Control. "We are proud of our long-term partnership with KAMAZ and KAMAZ-Master. The team's continued success -- in probably the most extreme and competitive conditions known to the commercial vehicle industry -- also reflects the robust benefits of WABCO braking products."

Dakar 2011 was the rally's third competition in a row in South America. With its start and finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the two-week route covered more than 9,500 kilometers (5,900 miles) in 13 stages through Argentina and Chile, crossing the Andes Mountains and navigating the Atacama Desert.

About KAMAZ-Master Team

Formed in 1988, KAMAZ-Master Team represents KAMAZ, the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in the Russian Federation. WABCO began supplying KAMAZ in 1992 and currently provides anti-lock braking systems, air disc brakes, electronically controlled air suspension, as well as components for braking and gear box controls. On its 20th anniversary in 2008, KAMAZ-Master honored WABCO with a "Reliable Partner" award for continuous commitment to further enhance the team's performance.


WABCO (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 $2.2 billion in 2010, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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