Detroit commemorates 85 years of manufacturing services 

Detroit commemorates 85 years of manufacturing services 

Over the decades, it expanded its product line to encompass more than engines, including automated manual transmission, axles, battery-electric components and more.

Detroit recently marked its 85th anniversary as an engine manufacturer for the heavy-duty market.

Over the decades, it expanded its product line to encompass more than engines, including automated manual transmission, axles, battery-electric components for zero-emission vehicles, and technologies for enhanced connectivity and safety, the company noted.

To date, Detroit has produced 1.1 million heavy-duty engines (DD13, DD15, DD16) and employs nearly 3,000 Daimler Truck employees, according to the press release.

Key milestones in Detroit’s 85-year history, according to the press release, includes: 

  • 1938: General Motors forms GM Diesel Division  
  • 1987: Introduction of Detroit Diesel Series 60 (S60) 
  • 1988: Formation of Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) 
  • 2000: Daimler acquires DDC, placing it under Daimler Truck North America  
  • 2008: DD15 engine platform launches globally, 1 million S60 engines sold  
  • 2015: Launch of DT12 transmissions 
  • 2017: Launch of medium-duty engines 
  • 2020: New front axle assembly line and turbo assembly lines begin production, Gen5 DD15 production begins 
  • 2021: Gen5 DD13 engine and advanced 6×4 carrier begin production 
  • 2022: HVB (high-voltage battery) and eDrive begin production 

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