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Daimler Trucks Bringing New Medium-Duty Engine Line to Detroit

November 23, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Technology

Daimler Trucks said it is bringing a $375-million investment to enable production of new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty truck engines at the Detroit brand headquarters and manufacturing facility in Redford, Mich.

Last week Daimler Trucks celebrated the announcement of the new lines of DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines and officially launched production of the company’s Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. The theme of the day was “Built in Detroit,” and celebrated the long successful history of Detroit powertrain manufacturing at the Detroit brand headquarters.

The Detroit integrated powertrain — which includes Detroit engines, axles and the DT12 transmission — is part of Daimler Trucks’ Global Excellence Strategy to have uniform production standards and processes worldwide.

The new Detroit DD5 and DD8 engine development is another example of Daimler’s international development effort, with global testing and validation being undertaken in both Europe and the United States, and series production in Europe since 2012.

“Detroit medium-duty engines will provide what no other manufacturer in North America can offer — a total vehicle solution that matches Daimler’s global engineering prowess with the most complete lineup in the industry,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. “I am pleased to announce that select Daimler Truck North America vehicles will be available with medium-duty power by the end of 2016, and full production will take place in Detroit by the end of 2018.”

The new DD5 and DD8 engines were developed in an uncompromising manner for environmental friendliness, economy and performance by Daimler’s global powertrain engineering team. DTNA’s entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early. The engines will be initially built and shipped from Daimler’s powertrain facility in Mannheim, Germany with industrialization at the Detroit facility in 2018.

For sale in limited quantities, the Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine will be available in 2016 on the Freightliner M2 product line with extensive availability in 2018 across DTNA’s product portfolio including Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. vehicles.

Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles and transmissions for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets. Detroit engines, axles and transmissions are sold and serviced through a network of more than 800 locations throughout North America.