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June 19, 2018 5:00 PM, EDT

DTNA Marks Heavy-Duty Engine Platform Milestone

Daimler Trucks North America is marking the production of its 1 millionth heavy-duty engine platform engine. It is a shared milestone between Detroit’s Redford, Mich.-based manufacturing facility and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim, Germany.

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Detroit's lineup of heavy-duty engines. (Daimler)

Introduced in 2007, HDEP was jointly developed in Germany, Japan and the United States. HDEP engines have 90% shared parts worldwide, which has resulted in significant cost savings and uptime efficiencies, according to Detroit, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

The first HDEP engine launched in North America was the Detroit DD15 engine, which today leads the industry with more than 60% market penetration and best-in-class fuel efficiency, according to Portland, Ore.-based DTNA. The Detroit DD13 and Detroit DD16 engines were later introduced to meet the needs of additional heavy-duty applications.

“Detroit will continue to leverage the power of Daimler’s global resources to push the envelope with transformative technology and products, so that we can continue to exceed customer expectations in all dimensions,” Rakesh Aneja, DTNA head of powertrain engineering, said in a statement.