Detroit Marks 17,000 Orders of DT12 Transmission



LOUISVILLE, Ky., – (March 26, 2014) – Detroit Diesel Corporation (Detroit) today announced that it has received 17,000 orders for the Detroit™ DT12™ transmission.  


Available in the Freightliner Cascadia® Evolution and part of the Detroit product offering, the DT12 combines the operational ease of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission, resulting in enhanced fuel economy, vehicle performance and safety.


“Within the first several months of the DT12 being in the market, we were already hearing from our early adopters that not only were they seeing performance and fuel economy benefits, but that their drivers particularly appreciated the transmission’s safety and operational features,” said Richard Shearing, vice president of National Accounts for Daimler Trucks North America. “Many of those customers have since made additional purchases for their fleets due to that initial success.” 


Shearing noted that customers have committed to the DT12 because of innovative features such as creep mode, which modulates the clutch to improve low-speed maneuverability, making backing up to a loading dock or maneuvering through tight city traffic easier. Skip Shift, which automatically skips gears, enables the transmission to run through lower gears faster to achieve cruising speed sooner.  Another feature that has accelerated the acceptance of the DT12 is the shifter – with easy access to all the features (i.e. Jake Brake, Forward, Reverse, etc.) a driver needs.   The DT12 delivers what fleets and drivers are looking for, simplicity.


“Our customers want performance features that appeal to both veteran and new drivers,” said Shearing. “The DT12 is easy to master, and it provides all of the power and performance features expected from any Detroit solution.” 


The DT12 comes standard with a 5-year/750,000-mile warranty, and a 3-year/350,000-mile warranty on the clutch. The Detroit Customer Service network provides immediate access to maintenance information, and with hundreds of authorized locations in the United States and Canada, factory-trained technicians are always available.


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Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles, transmissions and telematics products for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets.  Detroit™ products are sold and serviced through a network of hundreds of locations throughout North America.  For more information, or to locate the nearest Detroit location, visit  Detroit™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.



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