just-auto.com

USA: GM to introduce four wheel steer trucks for 2002

By just-auto.com editorial team | 23 February 2001

Four-wheel steering on cars is nothing new but now comes the news that Dana Corporation is to supply rear axle assemblies to Delphi for a 'groundbreaking' four-wheel steering system.

It's due to appear on a line of General Motors pickup trucks for the 2002 model year and, Delphi says, will be the first time a full-size pickup truck line has featured four-wheel steering.

The trucks will use Delphi's newly-developed Quadrasteer, an electronic four-wheel steering system said to 'significantly improve handling and manoeuverability in full-size vehicles'.

The four-wheel steering electronically controls the direction of the rear wheels, helping shorten the turning radius. This, Dana claims, allows big pickups to manoeuvre as easily as compact cars.