Besides its lineup of Detroit engines, Daimler has also added a new transmission designed especially for commercial vehicles.
The new over drive automated transmission was presented at 2012 Middle America trucking show, and has 12 speeds. The unit mixes a classical manual gearbox with a faster computer controlled unit which automatically selects the right gear for maximum performances and efficient fuel consumption.
Talking about the new transmission Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Trucks, said "It’s not just the heart of the truck it’s the heart of the truck value chain. It’s worth more than 50% of the truck’s value. We are working to optimize the complete powertrain not just the separate powertrain components. We believe that’s what customers want and we believe we understand their needs better than providers of separate components."
For the start the new transmission will be available for the Freightliner Cascadia equipped with the Detroit 15 engine. The new transmission will start to be produced in 2013.