Mark­ing ma­jor mile­stone for heavy-duty en­gines

TRUCK­ING FEA­TURE/ Mercedes-Benz plant and Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­ica’s sub­sidiary pro­duce 1-mil­lion en­gines

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Reporter

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.

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