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Meritor WABCO Air Disc Brake Technology Offers Alternative Solutions to Meet Stopping Distance Regulation Changes

TROY, Mich., (Aug. 4, 2009) – Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems has announced that its current lineup of air disc brakes is capable of supporting North American truck operators to meet and exceed the newly-released U.S. federal government mandated, shortened stopping distance requirements.

“Our North American original equipment and fleet customers are well-positioned for selecting outstanding solutions to meet the new stopping distance requirements,” said Jon Morrison, president, Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, a joint venture between ArvinMeritor and WABCO Automotive Control Systems, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WABCO Holdings, Inc.

“Our air disc brakes have a track record of more than 20 years,” added Morrison.

If a truck operator opts for air disc brakes, Morrison pointed out, Meritor WABCO offers air disc brakes as an all-wheel package, or front air disc brakes combined with rear drum brakes, and trailer air disc brakes.

The revised requirements will be supported by Meritor WABCO air disc brakes, designed to meet not only the vehicle performance requirements but also offer optimized stopping performance over competitive stopping solutions, according to Paul Johnston, senior director-engineering, Meritor WABCO. 

Meritor WABCO supplies air disc brakes, air compressors, air dryers, hydraulic and pneumatic anti-lock braking systems, brake control valves, electronic braking systems, SmartTrac™ stability control systems, and OnGuard™ collision safety systems.

Meritor WABCO1 is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor, (NYSE:ARM) and the WABCO Automotive Control Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WABCO Holdings, Inc.

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (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 $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company marks its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history of ‘forward thinking.’ ArvinMeritor serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at:        .
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1 Meritor WABCO products are available in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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