Daimler planning to produce fully integrated powertrains in North American plant

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2012

By 2015, Daimler AG will operate the first North American plant to build a fully integrated powertrain, including transmissions, axles and engines with turbochargers, intended for commercial vehicles all under the same roof. Daimler made the announcement last Monday. President Obama had attended the event.

Daimler said that it will spend $120 million for the Detroit Diesel plant in suburban Redford, Mich. A total of 115 jobs will be created from this expansion. The plant builds engines, engine components and axles (since 2004). A Daimler Trucks spokesman said that it will begin to manufacture transmissions in late 2014 and turbochargers in early 2015, ensuring the facility is capable of full powertrain production.

In a statement, Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, said that a fully integrated powertrain from a single source is a crucial competitive advantage. Obama applauded Daimler for this investment. He said that by building all the parts in one location, each part can be designed by Daimler engineers to work better with the others.

This leads to higher fuel efficiency for the trucks and higher savings for the customers. He cited this move as an example of “Daimler’s leadership.” This is the second trip this year that the president has made to a Daimler commercial vehicle plant. Last March, he went to a Freightliner truck production plant in North Carolina. Daimler has yet to confirm if it intends to build complete powertrains in a single factory for light vehicles, just like the Mercedes-Benz brand.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

More positive news has been pouring in before the year ends. For those who have been waiting to hear the latest word on Toyota 86, we have some great news....
by - December 10, 2016
Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one...
by - December 9, 2016
Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s...
by - December 9, 2016
For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it...
by - December 9, 2016
Chevrolet has already given out the pricing for some of its 2018 Equinox models. Not only will the new Equinox be available in both the US and Canada, it is...
by - December 9, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries