Marking major milestone for heavy-duty engines
TRUCKING FEATURE/ Mercedes-Benz plant and Daimler Trucks North America’s subsidiary produce 1-million engines
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. followed about three years later in close co-operation with the North American plant. Here, the engine goes through all production stages from the foundry and the machining to assembly over the course of six days.
Daimler refers to its in-line six-cylinder engine as a true multitalent, characterised by maximum efficiency with minimal emissions and outstanding performance, and offers a cubic capacity range between 10.7l and 15.6l with output levels from 240kW to 480kW. “All heavyduty powertrains benefit from continuous improvements implemented in the years since production started,” says a Daimler Trucks spokesperson.
“These comprise new lowfriction engine oils, further advanced transmissions and refined driving strategy of the anticipatory cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control.”
Heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as the MercedesBenz Actros, Freightliner Cascadia or the Super Great from Fuso as well as the touring coaches and inter-urban buses from Mercedes-Benz and Setra are among the vehicles powered by this engine.
The team of the Mannheim engine plant in Germany, left, follow the one millionth in-line sixcylinder truck engine as it comes off the line. Below: Final inspection of the sixcylinder engine at the plant.