Dana Corporation announced today it will supply DaimlerChrysler with front and rear axles for the 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and front axles and rear main driveshafts for the Renegade model of the Jeep Liberty.
The new 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon delivers tremendous off-road capability previously reserved for highly modified vehicles using aftermarket accessories. Dana 4x4 front and rear axles (model 216) provide extraordinary performance and durability within this exciting Jeep engineered off-road package.
New for 2002, Jeep has added design cues on its Liberty Renegade model for customers wanting the rugged look of an off-road sport utility vehicle. The performance-proven drivetrain is outfitted with Dana front axles and rear main driveshafts.
"Dana has a long association with Jeep products," said Bill Carroll, president of Dana's Automotive Systems Group. "Since World War II, Dana's rugged axles and driveshafts have provided Jeep vehicles with unparalleled traction and torque carrying abilities for performance when it counts. We believe that both of these vehicles will continue this legacy of dependability, which is synonymous with the name Jeep, and will solidify the leading position the Jeep brand has in the off-road market."
Dana currently supplies traction and torque management technologies for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, as well as the Liberty, which was recently honored "Best New Support Utility Vehicle" by the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada and awarded Popular Mechanics magazine's highest honor, "Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award."
The Traction Technologies and Torque Management Groups are a part of Dana's Automotive Systems Group, a leading provider of under-the-vehicle integration technology for automotive manufactures worldwide. Drawing upon a century of vehicular expertise, the group offers advanced driveline design, drivetrain torque and traction technologies, chassis design solutions, advanced modularity concepts, complete integrated systems engineering, and program and logistics management for the following products: Dana Spicer(R) axles, drivelines, and structural products; GETRAG(R) differentials, PTUs, transaxles; Tremec(R) transmissions; Nakata(R) steering and suspension systems, and FTE(R) brake and clutch actuation systems. The group focus is environmentally friendly innovations to improve overall vehicle handling, performance, and comfort.
Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of components, modules, and complete systems to global vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 300 major facilities in 34 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people. The company reported sales of $10.3 billion in 2001. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com/ .