DETROIT – President Barack Obama recently visited Detroit Diesel Corporation to recognize that the company's Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and the new Detroit DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger will be produced at the Detroit brand manufacturing headquarters in Redford, Mich.
The addition of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbo to the full line of Detroit brand engines and axles at the facility represents a capital investment of $120 million and will result in the addition of 115 direct jobs to UAW 163, these unions represent the Detroit brand axle and engine production workers, according to the company.
Detroit's integrated powertrain – which includes Detroit Engines, Detroit Axles and the new Detroit DT12 Transmission – is part of Daimler Trucks' Global Excellence Strategy to have uniform production standards and processes worldwide, resulting in the most efficient, highest quality and lowest cost of ownership products in the industry.
Optimized powertrain design and engineering is critical to DTNA's environmental leadership. An example of this leadership is evident with DTNA's GHG14 (Greenhouse Gas 2014) compliance, which was achieved one full year ahead of the mandate for certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to the company. DTNA's complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles and Detroit brand engines are fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. The Detroit brand headquarters in Redford is also a leader in environment stewardship focusing on reducing, re-using and recycling. The facility has reached its goal of achieving zero waste to landfill and recycled over 20,000 tons of material in 2012.
The powertrain’s fuel efficiency results of the new components were exemplified during Freightliner's Evolution of Efficiency Tour earlier this year, according to the company. The new 2014 Cascadia Evolution powered only by the newly designed Detroit DD15 with the new proprietary asymmetric turbocharger and the DT12 automated manual transmission achieved 10.67 miles per gallon.
The testing was conducted at the Continental Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. There, the truck traveled the 8.5 mile closed-course track for 1,000 miles nonstop at an average speed of 60 mph, with a GCW of 76,000 lbs. Fuel consumption and distance traveled were measured at the end of the demonstration by Automotive Testing and Development Services (ATDS), an independent, third-party auditor using high-accuracy fuel flow meters.
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