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Daimler pumps up Detroit sound with new transmission

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  Daimler Trucks North America (DNTA) introduced the Detroit Transmission; the next component in the complete Detroit power train.

Detroit claims to be the only OEM that can offer a complete powertrain package, which also includes Detroit axles and Detroit’s industry-leading heavy-duty engines.

The announcement was made this morning at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) and Daimler’s big presentation was punctuated by a power outage that darkened the entire show for about 30 minutes.

Undaunted, Daimler execs unveiled the new transmission and answered reporters’ questions.

 “The Detroit integrated powertrain provides what no other manufacturer in North America can provide – a total product offering paired with the engineering expertise and global resources available only through a company like Daimler,” said Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Trucks and member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.

Daimler’s transmission technology has been extensively tested and proven in series production in select European markets since 2005.

   The 12-speed, direct- or over-drive automated transmission combines a traditional clutch-actuated manual gearbox with high-speed, computer-controlled shift and clutch actuators, which automatically and seamlessly selects the right shift pattern for fuel economy and engine power.

Daimler says the direct-drive transmission will be the best technical solution to maximize fuel efficiency for line-haul/long haul operations.

Equipped with driver-friendly features such as a true two-pedal system for ease of operation; helical gears that reduce noise; a control module that communicates with the entire powertrain; and a kick-down feature that improves vehicle acceleration, the Detroit automated transmission is an ideal solution for drivers at all skill levels.


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very cool.