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GAGGENAU, Germany — Full production of Daimler Trucks’ first automated manual transmission for the North American market began here Monday at the company’s machining and assembly plants around this city as officials and journalists toured the facilities.
The transmissions are bound for the Freightliner truck plant in Cleveland, N.C., where they will be placed in Cascadia models beginning on May 6, company officials said. A limited number of transmissions have already been placed in pre-production test models.
Daimler Trucks North America will take over responsibility for assembling the transmissions — known as the DT12 — at some point in 2015 at a new assembly line the company is preparing at its Redford, Mich., engine plant outside Detroit.