Dana has provided axles and propshafts continuously for the Jeep Wrangler since the Willys MA was first introduced in 1941. The supply arrangement is believed to be the longest in the automotive industry.
"Dana is pleased to extend its historic relationship with this vehicle by providing enhanced axles and new propshaft technology for the new 2007 Jeep Wrangler," said Michael J. Burns, Dana chairman and CEO. "By working closely with the Chrysler Group, we have been able to reduce component complexity while providing drivers with advanced drivetrain technology."
Dana provides front and rear steel propshafts for both the standard and extended-wheelbase versions of the Wrangler. The front propshafts feature staked-and-centered cardan universal joints, which improve refinement - resulting in an enhanced high-speed dynamic performance.
The propshafts on both the standard and extended-wheelbase versions feature a splined-tube design, which allows for additional plunge beyond a straight-tube design. The manufacturing technology ensures precise component orientation, which substantially improves propshaft balance characteristics.
The enhanced Spicer front and rear axles are balanced for improved NVH characteristics. The rear axles are available with an optional Spicer Trac- Lok(R) limited slip differential.
The new 2007 Jeep Wrangler also features a Victor Reinz(R) cylinder-head cover assembly on the 2.4L engine and exhaust manifold gaskets on the 4.0L Power Tech engine.
About Dana Corporation
Dana is a leading supplier of drivetrain, chassis, structural, and engine technologies. Dana people design and manufacture products for every major vehicle and engine producer in the world. Based in Toledo, Ohio, with operations throughout the world, Dana is focused on being an essential partner to automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle customers, which collectively produce more than 60 million vehicles annually. The company's continuing operations reported sales of $8.6 billion in 2005. Dana's Internet address is www.dana.com.
Dana and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries are operating under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as debtors in possession. Information about the bankruptcy proceedings can be found at www.dana.com/reorganization. While Dana continues its reorganization under Chapter 11, investments in its securities are highly speculative. Although shares of Dana common stock continue to trade on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) under the symbol "DCNAQ," the trading prices of the shares may have little or no relationship to the actual recovery, if any, by the holders under any eventual court-approved reorganization plan. The opportunity for any recovery by holders of Dana common stock under such reorganization plan is uncertain and shares of Dana common stock may be cancelled without any compensation pursuant to such plan.
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