American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) will supply power transfer units (PTUs) for Ford Motor Co. crossover vehicles with all-wheel drive (AWD) starting with the 2019 Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. The new contract expands AAM and Ford’s relationship while supporting global growth in the crossover segment. The PTU is part of AAM’s family of EcoTrac Disconnecting AWD solutions, which include disconnecting PTUs, multi-piece driveshafts, rear drive modules with electronic control units and torque transfer devices. AAM will manufacture EcoTrac in several facilities, including Three Rivers, Mich.; Guanajuato, Mexico; Changshu, China; and Świdnica, Poland.
The PTU is the heart of the vehicles’ Intelligent AWD, which uses sensors to constantly monitor traction and assist the driver through difficult weather and challenging road conditions. It balances torque between the front and rear wheels to enhance handling and maximizes traction before wheelslip can even occur.
“Sales of crossover vehicles continue to significantly grow in markets around the globe,” said David C. Dauch, AAM chairman and CEO. “Crossover buyers want a vehicle that is fuel-efficient and safe. AAM’s PTU helps deliver power while increasing efficiency.”