President Obama Visits Detroit Diesel Corporation Headquarters

        President Obama Visits Detroit Diesel Corporation Headquarters

Recognizes the North American Commercial Vehicle Industry's First Completely
Integrated Powertrain Family to be Produced in One Facility

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Dec. 10, 2012

DETROIT, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama today visited
Detroit Diesel Corporation to recognize that the company's Detroit™ DT12™
automated manual transmission and the new Detroit DD15^® proprietary
asymmetric turbocharger will be produced at the Detroit brand manufacturing
headquarters in Redford, Michigan.

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The addition of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and DD15
proprietary asymmetric turbo to the full line of Detroit brand engines and
axles at the facility represents a capital investment of $120 million and will
result in the addition of 115 direct jobs to UAW 163, these unions represent
the Detroit brand axle and engine production workers.

"The UAW Local 163 offered operational and production flexibility that enabled
the decision for the DT12 and new DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger
production to be placed at the Detroit brand headquarters in Redford,
Michigan," said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America.
"Additionally, the State of Michigan and Redford Township provided economic
incentives, a manufacturing-friendly business environment, and a large talent
pool of manufacturing workers and engineers further driving the decision."

Detroit's integrated powertrain – which includes Detroit Engines, Detroit
Axles and the new Detroit DT12 Transmission – is part of Daimler Trucks'
Global Excellence Strategy to have uniform production standards and processes
worldwide, resulting in the most efficient, highest quality and lowest cost of
ownership products in the industry.

"The choice of Redford as the location for full production of the new DT12
automated manual transmission and DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger was
obvious – manufacturing of a fully integrated, optimized powertrain belongs
together both in manufacturing and ultimately in our products," said Martin
Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. "The Detroit brand has
long been synonymous with power and economy, and the addition of these
components to our complete optimized powertrain offerings manufactured at the
Detroit brand headquarters will add substantial benefit to our customers'
bottom lines."

Optimized powertrain design and engineering is critical to DTNA's
environmental leadership. An example of this leadership is evident with
DTNA's GHG14 (Greenhouse Gas 2014) compliance, which was achieved one full
year ahead of the mandate for certification by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA). DTNA's complete portfolio of model year 2013
on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles and Detroit brand engines are
fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. The Detroit brand
headquarters in Redford is also a leader in environment stewardship focusing
on reducing, re-using and recycling. The facility has reached its goal of
achieving zero waste to landfill and recycled over 20,000 tons of material in
2012.

Ground breaking fuel efficiency results of the new components were exemplified
during Freightliner's Evolution of Efficiency Tour earlier this year. The new
2014 Cascadia^® Evolution powered only by the newly designed Detroit DD15 with
the new proprietary asymmetric turbocharger and the DT12 automated manual
transmission achieved an impressive 10.67 miles per gallon.

The testing was conducted at the Continental Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas.
There, the truck traveled the 8.5 mile closed-course track for 1,000 miles
nonstop at an average speed of 60 mph, with a GCW of 76,000 lbs. Fuel
consumption and distance traveled were measured at the end of the
demonstration by Automotive Testing and Development Services (ATDS), an
independent, third-party auditor using high-accuracy fuel flow meters.

About the New DT12 Automated Manual Transmission
The new Detroit DT12 combines the operational ease of an automatic with the
efficiency of a manual transmission, resulting in enhanced fuel economy,
vehicle performance and safety.

Available in the Freightliner Cascadia^®, the DT12 maximizes fuel efficiency
for line-haul/long haul operations. Adding to the transmission's overall
economy is its lightweight design, which offers additional payload because of
its aluminum housing and single counter shaft.

The DT12 improves slow-speed maneuvering capabilities without compromising
high road speed efficiency. The 12-speed, direct- or over-drive automated
manual transmission combines a traditional manual gearbox with high-speed,
computer-controlled shift and clutch actuators that automatically and
seamlessly select the right shift pattern and perfect clutch engagement for
fuel economy and engine power. The DT12's creep mode simulates a torque
converter to improve low speed maneuverability for parking, docking, heavy
traffic and other low speed situations.

Advanced technologies include Skip Shift, which automatically skips gears,
enabling the transmission to run through lower gears faster to achieve
cruising speed sooner; and eCoast, which allows the vehicle to 'coast' down
grades with the engine operating at idle speeds while preserving vehicle
momentum, maximizing fuel efficiency.

A proprietary control module communicates with the entire powertrain, giving
the transmission and engine the ability to share information and offer
complimentary functions, which gives the Detroit transmission an advantage
that only a proprietary powertrain can provide. For example, the engine can
limit torque to protect against driveline damage and harsh shifts, while the
transmission can optimize shifts to keep the engine in the sweet spot.

Drivers will also appreciate comfort features such as helical gears and
geometrical optimized gear-cut for noise reduction; pneumatic clutch and shift
actuation for faster gear shifts; and a choice between eco or power-mode
configuration. Additional advantages for the driver include a true two-pedal
system for ease of operation; and a kick-down feature that improves vehicle
acceleration when needed.

About the Newly Designed Detroit DD15^® Engine Featuring the New Proprietary
Asymmetric Turbocharger
The newly designed Detroit DD15 engine features a proprietary asymmetric
turbocharger with a next-generation amplified common rail system (ACRS), which
not only improves performance and fuel economy, but reduces overall weight and
complexity. The variable-speed water pump and optimized oil pump reduce load
on the engine, further contributing to the improvements in fuel economy.

Additional engine enhancements include an optimized piston design, which
reduces oil consumption through the use of an improved oil control ring; and
ACRS, which provides higher injector pressure for improved combustion control
while eliminating the pressure regulator, improving overall engine
performance.

Powered exclusively by Detroit and featuring some of the most advanced
aerodynamic enhancements in the industry, the Cascadia^® Evolution delivers up
to an additional 7 percent improvement in fuel economy over an EPA
2010-compliant Cascadia equipped with a first generation aerodynamic package
and up to a 5 percent improvement compared to a current model year 2013
Cascadia equipped with the latest aerodynamic upgrades.

For more information about Detroit, go to www.DemandDetroit.com.

Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles and
transmissions for the commercial transportation industry in both the
on-highway and vocational markets. Detroit™ engines, axles and transmissions
are sold and serviced through a network of more than 800 locations throughout
North America. For more information, or to locate the nearest Detroit
location, visit DemandDetroit.com. Detroit™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel
Corporation, a Daimler company.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the
leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North
America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner,
Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America
is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

SOURCE Daimler Corporate Communications

Contact: David Giroux, +1-503-745-6435, David.Giroux@Daimler.com
 
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