DD16 released for the first time

DD 16 Released For the First Time

Detroit has announced the Brisbane Truck Show will see the much‐anticipated engine, the DD16 released for the first time. The most powerful on‐highway engine ever produced by Detroit, the DD16, which will soon be available to Australian customers.

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Eaton and Cummins Getting Closer

This video from the US shows us Eaton and Cummins getting closer as they offer a more integrated driveline to US truck buyers. This particular AMT has just gone on sale in the US and is not destined to appear here for some time.

The gearbox is part of a comprehensive program where Eaton and Cummins are working very closely together to come up with a fully integrated package. The engine and transmission communicate seamlessly with each other and with whichever truck they are fitted into. Read more

New Scania, Trucking Optimism, a Major Fine and Electric Axles

The news from Diesel this week shows evidence of a new Scania, trucking optimism, a major fine and electric axles, with stories from around the world.

Images of the next generation Scania driving on Australian roads have started to appear on social media, as the Swedish truck maker run the new models in a, far from secret, evaluation program. 

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Electric Inter, Volvo and LNG, Iveco and Suttons

Not only is there an Electric Inter, Volvo and LNG, Iveco and Suttons, plus a New Auto from Eaton/Cummins in Diesel News, but also Daimler Platooning and an Electric Van.

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced the new Endurant TM 12- speed automated transmission at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, in the US. Claimed to be the lightest, most efficient 1,850 ft lb–capable heavy-duty transmission on the US market, it has been designed for line-haul applications where weight savings and efficiency can add to a fleet’s bottom line, Endurant weighs nearly 50kg less than competitive automated manual transmissions (AMTs). Read more

New Boss at Penske

Penske Commercial Vehicles, distributor of the Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle commercial vehicles in Australia and New Zealand, have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director. Kevin Dennis, after two years with Penske Power Systems in Australia as its Director for On Highway business, has been moved to the position of Managing Director of PCV. Read more

Turbo Compounding Explained?

Does anyone know exactly how turbo compounding works in a truck engine? It seems to be one of those technologies which appear and disappear without truck buyers actually working out how the thing works. This video doesn’t tell us anything except it will save US truck buyers fuel.

Over the years both Scania and Volvo have introduced and then un-introduced turbo compounding on their truck engines. The current DD 15 from Detroit does have an element of turbo compounding but, as to how it works, the answer is unclear. Read more

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Fault Codes on your Phone

A new app has been released which will mean mechanics will be able to read fault codes on their smart phones, along with a raft of other useful information. Detroit has launched a free app for its dedicated on-highway customers.

The all-new app from Penske Power Systems provides an interactive way for customers to get the latest from Detroit, with engine fault code and parked regeneration information, dealer location and GPS capability, among other things. Read more

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Detroit Diesel DD 15 Engines Explained

The Detroit DD15 has been on our roads for some time now, but remains a bit of a mystery to some. Penske Power Systems have set up a DD 15 website with a number of multimedia explanations of the engine’s technology. Apart from the videos showing the engine’s manufacture, there is a tear down of an engine after it burned 720,000 litres of diesel. Read more

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Backwards Compatible

Detroit is introducing a new engine to meet old exhaust gas emission rules. Penske Power Systems has announced it will introduce a Euro 4 version of the DD15 engine in 2016 as part of, what it says is, its initiative to both boost engine life and maintain its service to Series 60 EGR customers.

The Australian and New Zealand Euro 4 DD15 project has been developed by Penske in direct response to customer demand. Read more

New Engineering Boss for Detroit

Penske Power Systems has a new engineer heading up its technical team in Australia. The owner of the Detroit Diesel brand in Australia announced the appointment of Ross Deves to the position of National Engineering Manager, this week.

He replaces a man who has been ‘Mr Detroit’ for the past 27 years, Guy Macklan. He has been involved with the engine brand through n era where the product grew from two stroke technology, via the innovative, electronic Series 60 to the current DD 13 and DD 15 engines available today. Read more