Daimler Trucks North America unveiled Monday, April 29, the new Detroit DT12 automated-manual transmission that will be available exclusively in Freightliner Cascadia models equipped with Detroit DD15 engines.
The announcement came at the Mercedez-Benz transmission plant in Gaggenau, Germany, where DTNA reps said production of the transmission has already started at the Gaggenau plant and delivery should begin in May.
Moreover, other transmission models are set to make their entrances into the North American market within the next two years, as a version for the DD13 engine is scheduled to be released in October and a version for the DD16 is scheduled to be ready in 2014.
A version of the transmission has been in use in European Daimler trucks for four years, while the 12-speed option — the one making its North American entrance — has been in use for two years in Europe with the DD15 engine.
Freightliner dealers are now taking orders for the DT12, which comes with a five-year/750,000-mile warranty.
For more on the DT12’s entrance into the North American market and a bit on its features, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s full story from Gaggenau, Germany.