October 22, 2007

Daimler unveils new global engine platform for heavy-duty trucks

Freightliner Cascadia
Freightliner Cascadia. Click image to enlarge

Detroit, Michigan – Daimler has introduced its new Heavy-Duty Engine Platform (HDEP) for the North American market, which will be used first by Detroit Diesel. The platform will be used in such Daimler brands as Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses.

“The new family of heavy-duty engines, which were jointly developed in Germany, Japan and the U.S., marks an important step toward the realization of our worldwide modular strategy,” says Andreas Renschler, head of the Daimler Trucks Division. “As part of the Global Excellence Program, we will make much greater use of common parts and even modules across our brands. This will enable us to achieve significant economies of scale in the long term and will consolidate our position as a global leader.”

Since 2002, the company has invested US$1.5 billion worldwide in the development of the HDEP. The objective is to replace the current eight engine families with just three for all brands worldwide. The engines, which will be built in Germany, Japan and the U.S., will be offered in 12.8-, 14.8- and 15.6-litre configuration, with target volumes of 200,000 units per year in the mid- to long-term range.

Once the Detroit Diesel DD15 has been launched, the engine family will also be used by Mitsubishi Fuso in the medium term, and later by Mercedes-Benz. Market launches have been planned to coincide with model changeovers of the individual products and brands, and will be available for the first time worldwide in the new Freightliner Cascadia in the second quarter of 2008. The engine will be produced for the North American market in the Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Michigan.

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