REDFORD, Mich. – Western Star Trucks today announced that the new
Detroit Diesel DD16(tm) engine – the latest in Detroit Diesel”s series
of all-new, heavy-duty engines – will be in production for the Western
Star 4900 series in March 2010 and the Western Star 6900 in July 2010.
The DD16 is the most powerful engine offered by Detroit Diesel and will
be equipped with BlueTec(r) emissions technology.
The DD16 displaces 15.6 liters and is ideal for owner-operators, small
fleets and specialty applications that include the mining, petroleum,
agriculture, logging, hazardous material and heavy-haul segments. Part
of the Detroit Diesel engine family, the DD16 shares a common platform
design that is leveraged on a global scale by Daimler Trucks.
The DD16 features a robust core design, amplified common rail fuel
system (ACRS(tm)), turbo compounding technology and superior power
curves that gives drivers the torque response and pulling power they
demand. It will be offered with a large variety of output and
multi-torque power ratings from 1,750 to 2,050 lb-ft torque and 475 to
In addition, the DD16″s remarkable pulling power allows the driver to
haul heavier payloads up and down the steepest grades and hang in top
gear longer. Thanks to the DD16″s integrated engine brake, getting down
the other side is just as easy. With the DD16, Western Star customers
can carry bigger loads with increased gross combination weight (GCW).
“The powerful DD16 will provide Western Star customers with yet another
engine choice to tackle the most challenging jobs in the most extreme
environments,” said Richard Shearing, senior manager of product strategy
for Western Star. “Not only does the DD16 feature superior durability
that will result in less engine wear-and-tear, it”s backed by Detroit
Diesel”s proven engine technology.”
Additional features include the DD16″s multi-torque ratings will help
improve fuel economy without compromising the engines extreme power. The
engine”s wide, flat torque curves, peak at low RPMs and also help with
vehicle launch and maintain pulling power on steep grades.
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Redford, Mich.,
produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational
applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North
America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8
vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world”s leading commercial