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Detroit announces new medium-duty engines

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Photo caption: Martin Daum (center), president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks of North America, announced the Detroit DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that it will offer Detroit medium-duty engines beginning in 2016. The new engines, branded the Detroit DD5 and DD8, will allow DTNA to further expand Detroit engines to its complete product portfolio, said the company.

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Detroit’s new DD5 and DD8 engines are a part of Daimler Trucks’ strategy to have uniform production standards and processes worldwide. The development of the DD5 and DD8 is another example of Daimler’s international development effort, with global testing and validation being undertaken in both Europe and the United States, and series production in Europe since 2012.

“Detroit medium-duty engines will provide what no other manufacturer in North America can offer—a total vehicle solution that matches Daimler’s global engineering prowess with the most complete product lineup bar none in the industry,” said Martin Daum, president and chief executive officer, Daimler Trucks North America. “The DD5 and DD8 will feature attributes that are synonymous with Detroit including exceptional fuel efficiency, lowest total cost of ownership, power, performance and reliability.”

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According to Detroit, the DD5 and DD8 engines were developed for environmental friendliness, economy and performance. DTNA’s entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early. The engines will be initially built and shipped from Daimler’s powertrain facility in Mannheim, Germany, with further plans to industrialize the engines in North America in 2018.

The new DD5 and DD8 engines will be offered throughout Daimler Trucks North America’s product portfolio which includes Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles. Detroit supports its complete line of products through a nationwide parts and distribution network, including 800-plus authorized service outlets in North America.

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