DETROIT. Initially introduced only for Freightliner Cascadias powered by the Detroit DD15 15L engine, the Detroit DT12 automated mechanical transmission can now also be spec’d with the 13L DD13 diesel.
The lighter pairing is well suited for regional haul P&D applications which usually involve extensive stop and go operations, according to Daimler Trucks North America.
Said to combine the efficiency of a manual transmission with the convenience and potential fuel savings of automated shifting, the DT12 also features a creep mode for low-speed maneuverability at docks and in heavy traffic, and will automatically skip shift to bring the vehicle up to cruising speed as soon as possible.
The DT12 has a standard 5-yr./750,000-mi. warranty with a 3-yr./350,000-mi warranty on the clutch.