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AAM to Showcase Latest Technologies at IZB ​

Published on October 10, 2018

DETROIT, Oct. 10, 2018 – AAM will showcase its latest fuel efficient and lightweight driveline, powertrain and metal forming technologies at the upcoming IZB International Suppliers Fair held Oct. 16-18 in Wolfsburg, Germany. AAM’s booth will be located in Hall 5, stand 5311 in the Allerpark.

A global leader in the design, engineering and production of technologies that are lighter, smarter, greener and more power dense, AAM will display key products that help automakers manufacture vehicles that are fuel efficient and help reduce emissions without sacrificing performance. AAM’s display will include:

e-AAM Hybrid and Electric Driveline Technology™ – Powering both hybrid and electric vehicles with either one or two electric motors, e-AAM technology is highly efficient and helps reduce tail pipe emissions while providing improvements to dynamic safety, acceleration and high-performance all-wheel-drive (AWD). Smart design and creative technology applications include a unique planetary gear and differential architecture, housing cooling design, integrated park lock and oiling channels allowing AAM’s units to provide industry-leading power density. AAM’s system allows a vehicle to reach 100 kph (60 mph) in less than four seconds and more than 300 kph (186 mph) as a maximum speed. e-AAM will enter production this year and will be featured on a global crossover vehicle for the 2019 model year.

QUANTUM Axle Technology – The QUANTUM family of axles provide gains in efficiency, performance and packaging while significantly reducing system weight. QUANTUM delivers reduced mass, increased power density, improved noise vibration and harshness (NVH) and efficiency gains in a more compact system package regardless of vehicle size. QUANTUM’s new design is centered on using traditional axle components in new ways. Bearings are arranged more efficiently and gears are set in optimal positions.  AAM’s engineers utilized system innovation to eliminate weight by combining functions of many components and developing proprietary lubricants that increase system efficiency and durability. In a traditional axle, shims are used to ensure an axle’s hypoid gears are installed precisely for optimum durability and NVH. Because of QUANTUM’s smart design, engineers were able to eliminate the need for shims while still providing up to a 5 dB improvement in NVH performance.

EcoTrac®Disconnecting AWD – AAM’s first-to-market EcoTrac system gives drivers the performance of an AWD vehicle with the fuel economy of a front wheel drive vehicle by automatically and seamlessly using only the front wheels when AWD is not required.  The system disconnects at the power transfer unit (PTU), so that the driveshaft stops spinning and power is no longer sent to the rear wheels. Less spinning means less fuel consumption and fewer emissions.  EcoTrac reduces the system drag of a typical AWD system by up to 90 percent. AAM introduced the industry’s first disconnecting AWD system in late 2013.

About AAM

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) (NYSE: AXL) is a premier, global leader in design, engineering, validation and manufacturing of driveline, metal forming, powertrain, and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at more than 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.  To learn more, visit

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