DTNA Says Planned 2015 Production for DT12 Transmission Already Filled

Joseph Terry/Transport Topics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Daimler Trucks North America CEO Martin Daum said demand for the manufacturer’s proprietary automated manual transmission has far exceeded its original expectations and has outstripped its current ability to produce it.

DTNA already has booked all of the planned production for its DT12 transmission in 2015, which is nearly five times greater than the 9,000 units it had projected three years ago, Daum said in a press briefing here March 26.

Although the D12 build slots are filled at Daimler’s plant in Gaggenau, Germany, the manufacturer can tap into its international network to have the product built at another Daimler factory, he said.

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The company plans to move production of the AMT across the Atlantic to its Detroit subsidiary’s plant in Redford, Michigan, a process that executives said would be complete late this year.

Daum also expressed optimism about the federal government’s next round of tighter greenhouse-gas emissions standards, citing “very good talks” between the industry and government regulators.

“I’m fairly positive that we will get a good regulation,” he said. “The regulations we have at the moment are good, and let’s hope that the future is the same.”

However, Daum reiterated DTNA’s stance that the emissions regulation should be a complete vehicle standard rather than separate standards for trucks and engines.