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SAE International Weighs in on Towing Standard

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 8, 2009 - The towing capacity of a vehicle can be a major selling point for consumers.  To maintain fair competition among manufacturers, SAE International has set a standard to determine the trailer weight rating of all tow-vehicles.

SAE standard J2807 defines performance requirements for measuring a vehicle’s gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and trailer weight rating (TWR).  These guidelines require vehicles to be tested under consistent conditions and parameters, giving consumers accurate information when comparing the towing capacities of similar models.

The standard can be applied to passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles and trucks with a GCWR of up to 16,000 lbs.  It is recommended that these requirements are adopted for all vehicles with a model year of 2011 or later. 

Standard J2807 was developed by SAE International’s Tow Vehicle Trailer Rating Committee, which includes representatives from leading original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. 

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.