The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Detroit Diesel Corporation jointly reached a special milestone in the international powertrain network: together the two production locations have produced 1-million heavy-duty engines. In so doing they have underscored the success of the standardised powertrain platform strategy of Daimler Trucks. For more than 10 years, Daimler Trucks has been relying on a standardised powertrain platform, which mainly includes engines, axles and transmissions, for its heavy-duty trucks.

Standardised The production operations and important components are standardised in order to be adaptable to the particular customer and market requirements in the US, Europe and Japan. Detroit Diesel started series production of the heavy-duty engine in 2007. The production of the in-line six-cylinder engine at the Mannheim location followed about three years later in close co-operation with the North American plant. Here, t...

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