Daimler Trucks builds 1m 'standardised' heavy duty engines

By Graeme Roberts | 18 June 2018

A completed I6 engine receives final checks at Daimler Trucks Mannheim plant

A completed I6 engine receives final checks at Daimler Trucks' Mannheim plant

The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Detroit Diesel Corporation together have produced 1m heavy duty engines.

This, Daimler said, "underscored the success of the standardised powertrain platform strategy" for Daimler Trucks.

Daimler Trucks has used a standardised powertrain platform for heavy duty trucks for a decade. This includes engines, axles and transmissions. Engine production operations and key components are standardised, are designed to be adaptable flexibly and tailored to particular customer and market requirements in the US, Europe and Japan using identical technology.

Detroit Diesel started series production of the new engine in 2007. Production of the I6 at Mannheim followed about three years later. There, the engine goes through all production stages from foundry and machining to assembly in six days.

Displacement ranges between 10.7- and 15.6-litres and output from 240kW to 480kW.

Heavy commercials such as the Mercedes-Benz Actros, Freightliner Cascadia and Fuso Super Great trucks as well as Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses are powered by this engine line.

Daimler's Global Powertrain integrates drivetrains and all global locations and relevant functions along the value chain. The unit manufactures drive system components which are used by all of the automaker's commercial vehicle divisions and brands as well as by external customers. At around 50%, drivetrains account for the lion's share of a truck's added value.