New Detroit Engine Strenghtens Commitment to Vocational Market

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently announced the start of vehicle production with the new Detroit™ DD8™ engine. The latest addition to Detroit’s expansive powertrain portfolio complements the already-in-production DD5™ engine for medium-duty and vocational markets.

“Based on the initial orders we are seeing – which have exceeded our expectations – it’s clear by providing our customers with a variety of engine choices, they have already embraced the dependability, serviceability and efficiency found in the high-quality products expected from Detroit,” said Scott Kuebler, general manager, Component sales. “The introduction of the DD8 engine was the natural next step in expanding our product portfolio and we are pleased with customer acceptance so far.”

Manufactured at the same facility as the Detroit DD13®, Detroit DD15® and Detroit DD16® engines, as well as the Detroit DT12™ automated manual transmission and Detroit axles, the new DD8, along with the DD5, will strengthen Detroit’s lineup of powertrain offerings.

“We have made significant investments to extend our powertrain offerings to provide our customers the best solution for their business needs,” said Kelly Gedert, director of product marketing, Freightliner and Detroit Components. “And today, with the initial success of both the DD5 and DD8 engines, we are positioned to continue our growth in the medium-duty and vocational segments.”

The DD8’s best-in-class maintenance intervals are up to 3 times longer than the competition. One of the features designed with the vocational market in mind is variable exhaust cam phasing, used at low engine speeds to increase exhaust temperatures and increase uptime by reducing the need for manual regenerations. The DD8 also has an impressive B10 life of 643,737 km (400,000 mi), backing the company’s commitment to delivering a robust and reliable product to this market.

Available for Freightliner M2 106, 108SD and 114SD truck models, the DD8 engine is ideal for segments such as pick-up and delivery, utility, construction, dump, mixer, plow, towing and recovery, refuse, and fire and emergency.

Source: Daimler Trucks North America LLC

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