Detroit Diesel stepping up production

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DETROIT, Mich. — Detroit Diesel Corporation recently announced that it has recalled 200 workers to increase production for the Series 60 engine.

Two shifts have resumed and line rates are set at 70 daily for each shift. The 10,000th Series 60 equipped with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) is scheduled to be built in April.

“We have received orders from several hundred fleets and the order backlog exceeds 11,000 engines. Not only have we resumed two shift operation, we have also gone to nine hour shifts in order to meet the demand,” says Mark Bara, vice-president for on-highway engine sales.

Bara says fleets have had a chance to put some miles on the Series 60s and they are finding that the engine performance and driveability are excellent. There are no new maintenance procedures, says Bara, recommended oil change intervals remain the same, and warranty coverages have not changed. Most importantly, he says, fuel economy of EGR equipped engines is proving to be about the same as the competitors’ non-EGR engines.

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