Daimler Trucks has unveiled a US$375m cash injection to enable production of the new DD5 and DD8 medium duty engines at its Detroit brand headquarters and manufacturing facility in Redford, Michigan.
“This is an exciting day for Daimler Trucks and Detroit,” said Daimler Trucks and Buses board member, Wolfgang Bernhard. “Our investment is a tangible example of how we maximise the use of our global platforms for regional markets.”
“‘Built in Detroit” is not just a marketing slogan, it is our commitment to strengthen the industrial base in Detroit and to deliver the most fuel efficient engines to our customers.
“I am convinced: With our medium-duty engines we will repeat the success story of our best-selling heavy-duty engines.”
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 an example of Daimler’s international development, with global testing and validation being undertaken in both Europe and the US, while series production has been in Europe since 2012.