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Pierre Lepelletier Receives SAE International Award Recognition

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 2, 2010 - Pierre A. Lepelletier is the recipient of the 2010 SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony during the SAE 2010 World Congress.

Due to poor health, Mr. Lepelletier did not attend the World Congress to receive his award.  Berthold Martin of Chrysler received it on his behalf.  Mr. Martin was the first recipient of this award back in 2008 and also nominated Mr. Lepelletier.  Born in 1928, Pierre Lepelletier is a world-renowned powertrain engineer with a lifetime of experiences. He is the inventor of the 6-Speed automatic transmission powerflow that is being adopted by nearly every OEM in the world. While making further progress in his theoretical and systematic approach to planetary transmissions, he discovered his now famous 6-Speed Automatic Transmission Concept and applied the resulting patents in his own name in 1990.

Thanks to their radically new planetary gear set, the Lepelletier 6-speed automatic transmissions became rapidly widespread, providing more on all criteria:

·         6-speed with significantly fewer components compared to old 5-speed A/T’s

·         Weight saving and size reduction

·         Higher torque capacity

·         Better gear progression and wider spread

·         Ability to lock-up the torque converter in all gears

·         Better fuel efficiency

·         Reduced shift times allowing to improved shift quality

At present nearly 15 million of 6-speed automatic transmissions of Lepelletier System have been produced in the world since the start of production late 2001.

The SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award recognizes an engineer from the automotive industry for outstanding contributions to the technology progress and dissemination in the area of automotive transmission and driveline. The award also recognizes new ideas, concepts, innovations or applications that will assist in improving this technology. Nominations from outside the U.S. are encouraged.

This award, established in 2007, has been funded through an endowment from the Timken Company to honor Howard Simpson, an extremely talented and innovative engineer who has invented and developed a revolutionary planetary gear set which constituted the basis for the Ford C4 and C5 transmission produced over more than 20 years starting in 1964, for the famous Chrysler Torqueflite transmission, a ground- breaking unit introduced in the 1955 Imperial and for several General Motors transmission models. The award is funded by the Timken Company in cooperation with the SAE Transmission and Driveline Committee and is administered by the Timken Award Committee.

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