Daimler, Obama trumpet plan to build complete powertrains in 1 plant

by Theresa Clift
Automotive News
December 11, 2012

DETROIT — Starting in 2015, Daimler AG says it will have the first North American plant to produce a fully integrated powertrain — transmissions, axles and engines with turbochargers — for commercial vehicles under one roof.

With President Obama on hand for the announcement Monday, Daimler said it will spend $120 million on its Detroit Diesel plant in suburban Redford, Mich. The expansion will create 115 jobs…

“By putting everything together in one place, under one roof, Daimler engineers can design each part so it works better with the others. That means greater fuel efficiency for your trucks; it means greater savings for your customers,” Obama said.

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