Daimler Truck North America Unveils the New Detroit™ Brand for Powertrain Components

DALLAS – Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) unveiled its new Detroit™ brand at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exposition in Dallas. Developed to encompass all powertrain-related components, the announcement of the new brand is evidence of expedited fruition of Daimler Truck’s Global Excellence Strategy that includes an overall optimization of global powertrains.

“By launching the Detroit brand, DTNA is reinforcing its intentions to respond more quickly and efficiently in developing an optimized line of vertically integrated components,” said Andreas Renschler, Daimler Board of Management Member responsible for Daimler Truck and Daimler Buses. “DTNA and Detroit Diesel have embraced Daimler Truck’s strategy through implementation of uniform production standards and processes, and a modular strategy for engine development, engineering and manufacturing processes that draws upon Daimler’s global resources.”

An example of Daimler’s powertrain optimization strategy is the Detroit DD engine line-up that utilizes Daimler Truck's best-in-class global processes for powertrain engineering and development. The portfolio includes the Detroit DD13®, DD15® and DD16® engines all equipped with BlueTec® emissions technology, Daimler’s global SCR technology. Detroit DD engines have proven to be among the most fuel efficient, highest quality, lowest total cost of ownership and cleanest emissions engines in the industry.

Building on the 70 year heritage of Detroit Diesel, the Detroit brand is well positioned with a solid product warranty with industry-leading extended warranty options, and more than 800 dealer and distributors at locations across North America.

“The Detroit brand of powertrain components continues our commitment to innovation, which is the essence of DTNA,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Truck North America. “Based on the existing Detroit Diesel brand long synonymous with quality, reliability, fuel efficiency, power and performance, the new Detroit brand will be the platform for all current and future DTNA optimized vertically integrated powertrain components.”

The Detroit family of powertrain components will be available across the industry-leading DTNA product family, including Freightliner Trucks, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, and Freightliner Custom Chassis platforms; as well as other OEM’s including Pierce Manufacturing and Van Hool. Announcements pertaining to the upcoming family of Detroit-branded products will be forthcoming over the next year with a wide variety of optimized powertrain products.

Detroit Brand History

1950’s - GM Diesel began developing heavy-duty engines, and in 1957 introduced the Series 53 and Series 71 engines for both on-highway and off-road use.

1960’s - GM Diesel also began to focus on developing a worldwide distribution network of independent, authorized distributors and dealers to provide parts and service.

1965 - GM Diesel became Detroit Diesel Engine Division. Then, five years later, General Motors consolidated the company with the closely allied transmission and gas turbine businesses of the Allison Division — forming the Detroit Diesel Allison Division.

1987 - The Series 60® — the four-cycle heavy-duty engine that would become the signature of Detroit Diesel — was introduced as the first production engine with integrated electronic controls as a standard feature. The Series 60 was developed to meet the demand for cleaner and more fuel-efficient heavy-duty engines, and quickly become the most popular, heavy-duty diesel engine in the North American Class 8 truck market.

1988 - On January 1, 1988, a joint venture between Penske Corporation and General Motors created Detroit Diesel, the successor to the heavy-duty diesel engine business of the Detroit Diesel Allison Division.

1993 - In October 1993, Detroit Diesel had grown in on-highway heavy-duty market share to 33% from 3% only a few years earlier. The company also completed a successful initial public offering of common stock, becoming a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol "DDC."

2000 - In October, DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel truck engines, completed a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Detroit Diesel.

2005 - Detroit Diesel Corporation invested $350 million to refurbish and retool its plant for future business.

2007 – Detroit Diesel announces its new line-up of engines starting with the launch of the all-new DD15.

2010 - Detroit Diesel launched BlueTec® emissions technology and the complete series of Detroit Diesel DD platform engines including the DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines.

2011 – Daimler Truck North America announces the Detroit brand as an umbrella for all future powertrain related components.

Daimler Truck North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Truck North America produces and markets Class 4 – 8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Detroit Connect Portal

The Detroit™ Connect portal is easy-to-use, one-stop-shop for all vehicle performance data gathered, transmitted and analyzed by Detroit Connect.  The portal gives you access to insights delivered by  Detroit Connect Virtual Technician℠. The Detroit Connect portal will also give you access to new features, such as Remote Updates, and Analytics, available late 2017.

Detroit connect portal login


All DDCSN content has been migrated to our DTNAConnect web portal. All information previously on the DDCSN is now on DTNAConnect. We have created a quick reference guide to help you locate the migrated content on DTNAConnect. Existing DDCSN login credentials will also work with DTNAConnect. Please work with your security administrators for login or content issues. If you do encounter any technical issues, please contact the Software Support Center at 855-639-8680 or dealer.helpdesk@daimler.com


DTNA Connect Portal

DTNA Connect is the starting point for working with all brands and franchises that fall under the Daimler Truck North America umbrella: Detroit, Thomas Built Buses, SelecTrucks, Sterling, Freightliner, and Western Star. Here, you can access the full spectrum of online applications, resources and tools you need. Whether you use DTNA online resources to complete repairs, purchase parts, submit warranty claims, spec new vehicles or track the status of your truck orders, DTNAConnect streamlines the tasks and activities that are part of your daily work routine.

DTNA Connect Portal Login