PACE Awards
Disconnecting all-wheel drive
Company: American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.
What: Driveshaft disconnects when traction unnecessary
Innovation: Typical all-wheel drive wastes fuel because power is sent to all four wheels even when extra traction isn’t necessary. American Axle’s system saves fuel by automatically disconnecting the rear driveshaft and differential when extra traction
First Customer: 2014 Jeep CherokeeWeb site: