Detroit Diesel Will Build New Engine in Redford
Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) announced its intention to build a new, heavy-duty diesel engine line at the company's Redford, Mich., manufacturing facility. DDC also stated that it plans to initiate North American assembly of the MBE 900 medium-duty diesel engine at Redford. DDC intends to industrialize production of the two engine platforms at the Redford facility by 2007.
"Detroit Diesel Corporation is very pleased to announce this positive development for our Redford employees and the state of Michigan," said Carsten Reinhardt, President and CEO for Detroit Diesel Corporation. "The planned addition of the new heavy-duty engine platform and MBE 900 engine assembly speaks to the strength of our manufacturing operations and workforce, and demonstrates the importance of Detroit Diesel to DaimlerChrysler's North American commercial vehicle strategy."
The new heavy-duty truck engine will be launched in 2007 and will incorporate the latest in diesel engine and emissions technology. For a period of transition, the new engine will be sold in tandem with the popular DDC Series 60 engine. In the NAFTA market, the new engine will be installed in heavy-duty vehicles produced by the Freightliner Group and in products built by selected other DDC customers.
The MBE 900 medium-duty diesel truck engine has been available since 1998. Offered in four- and six-cylinder versions, the MBE900 is extensively used in Freightliner Group vehicles in North America.
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