President Obama visits Detroit Diesel

Recognizes the North American commercial vehicle industry's first completely integrated powertrain family to be produced in one facility.


President Barack Obama 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.

"The UAW Local 163 offered operational and production flexibility that enabled the decision for the DT12 and new DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger production to be placed at the Detroit brand headquarters in Redford, Michigan," said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. "Additionally, the State of Michigan and Redford Township provided economic incentives, a manufacturing-friendly business environment, and a large talent pool of manufacturing workers and engineers further driving the decision."

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.

"The choice of Redford as the location for full production of the new DT12 automated manual transmission and DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger was obvious – manufacturing of a fully integrated, optimized powertrain belongs together both in manufacturing and ultimately in our products," said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. "The Detroit brand has long been synonymous with power and economy, and the addition of these components to our complete optimized powertrain offerings manufactured at the Detroit brand headquarters will add substantial benefit to our customers' bottom lines."

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). 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.

Ground breaking fuel efficiency results of the new components were exemplified during Freightliner's Evolution of Efficiency Tour earlier this year. 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 an impressive 10.67 miles per gallon.

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