Daimler to expand Detroit plant, adding medium-duty truck engines

Daimler to expand Detroit plant, adding medium-duty truck engines

$375M investment comes on the heels of a $100 million plant upgrade.

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November 22, 2015
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Commercial vehicles Engine Manufacturing Powertrain

Detroit, Michigan – Daimler AG plans to spend $375 million and hire 160 people in Detroit to expand Detroit’s (formerly Detroit Diesel) product lineup, adding engines for medium-duty trucks. The new engine lines come on the heels of a just-completed, $100 million investment to add automated manual transmissions for commercial vehicles to the facility.

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Daimler AG board of management responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses, says the DD5 and DD8 engines for medium-duty trucks will enter the market in 2018.

The Daimler Trucks & Buses portfolio includes Mercedes-Benz trucks & buses, Setra, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, and Thomas Built Buses.

“The success of our integrated powertrain for heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. is phenomenal. Already, over 40% of the Freightliner Cascadia models are supplied with the DT12 automated manual transmission. So, naturally, it makes sense to now also produce this bestseller locally. We are very proud to celebrate the production launch of the transmission with our highly motivated team here in Detroit. And I am really excited, that in the future we will also produce our medium duty engines DD5 and DD8 here,” says Bernhard. “This is a major step in executing our global platform strategy. The decisions we announced today will make us even more competitive tomorrow.”

The new DD5 and DD8 engines are from the medium-duty engine generation (MDEG), which Daimler Trucks has developed in Germany to comply with the demanding Euro VI emissions standard. As of their market launch in 2016, the DD5 and DD8 engines will therefore also comply with the NAFTA standard for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG17) a year before it comes into force.

The medium-duty 4- and 6-cylinder engines use standardized components such as the cylinder head, cylinder block, connecting rods, and camshaft. In the future both engines will be used in the entire product portfolio of Daimler Trucks North America. Up until the production launch in Detroit scheduled for 2018, the engines will be supplied from the Mercedes-Benz aggregate-plant in Mannheim, Germany.

“Our customers know that, with engines, transmissions and axles built in Detroit, they get the best powertrain components, fully integrated and perfectly harmonized,” says Dr. Frank Reintjes, head of Global Powertrain & Manufacturing Engineering Trucks.

Source: Daimler Trucks North America