Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC) has announced its intention to build a new heavy-duty engine line at its Redford, MI, facility. The new engine, which is being developed by DDC and its parent company, DaimlerChrysler, is slated for a 2007 launch and “will incorporate the latest in diesel engine and emissions technology.”
DDC also said it will start assembling the Mercedes Benz MBE 900 medium-duty diesel engine at the plant as well. This engine has been available since 1998, and is extensively used in Freightliner Group vehicles in North America.
“DDC intends to industrialize production of the two engine platforms at the Redford facility by 2007,” stated DDC.
“The planned addition of the new heavy-duty engine platform and the MBE 900 engine assembly speaks to the strength of our manufacturing operations and workforce, and demonstrates the importance of Detroit Diesel to DaimlerChrysler’s North American commercial vehicle strategy,” said Carsten Reinhardt, president & CEO of DDC.