Detroit Diesel's Automotive DELTA Engine Named One of the Top Technologies of 1999
11 January 2000Detroit Diesel's Automotive DELTA Engine Named One of the Top Technologies of 1999
DETROIT, Jan. 11 -- During the North American International Auto Show, Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) announced that its DELTA automotive engine was recognized as one of the top technologies of 1999. SAE's Automotive Engineering magazine, December 1999, named the new DELTA engine as one of the top 15 technologies of 1999. The article, by Kami Buchholz, reads as follows. Detroit Diesel capitalized on its knowledge from other product lines, including the high speed direct-injection engine and its one-million- miles-plus Series 60 heavy duty engine, as well as input from several key suppliers, to develop the new SUV-specific, 4.0L V6 engine. The 24-valve, turbocharged, intercooled direct injection diesel engine, which produces 157 kW (210 hp) @ 4000 rpm, arrived 228 days after its conception. In a typical engineering program, going from CAD data to a machined engine block and head entails a 20-40 week timetable. By using rapid prototyping, Detroit Diesel's Engine Light Truck Application (DELTA) program took 10 weeks for both engine block and head to be "as cast" and machined. With its new product, Detroit Diesel officials said they can fill a light truck / SUV engine void by offering a diesel that makes little noise, meets emissions requirements, lasts for 400,000 km (250,000 mi), and out-gains gasoline engines in fuel economy by as much as 70%. Charlie Freese, Director of Automotive Sales for Detroit Diesel, added, "We are pleased to have been recognized for the success of our DELTA engine development and technology. Our work on the DELTA engine is representative of DDC's design and development capabilities along all product lines. In fact, we used the same approach to develop the new 3.0L VECTER automotive engine. The DELTA was designed for light trucks and SUVs while the VECTER is designed for high performance automotive applications. We now have one of the most complete diesel engine line ups in the automotive industry with 3, 4 & 6 cylinder in-lines and two V6s." Detroit Diesel Corporation is engaged in the design, manufacture, sale and service of heavy-duty diesel and alternative fuel engines, automotive diesel engines, and engine-related products. The Company offers a complete line of diesel engines from 22 to 10,000 horsepower for the on-highway; off-road; automotive; and power generation markets. Detroit Diesel services these markets directly and through a worldwide network of more than 2,800 authorized distributors and dealer locations. DDC is a QS-9000 certified company. Detroit Diesel's major shareholder is Penske Corporation, a closely-held, diversified transportation services company whose operations include Penske Truck Leasing Company, Diesel Technology Company, Penske Automotive Group, Inc., Penske Auto Centers, Inc., and Penske Capital Partners, L.L.C. Penske Corporation and its subsidiaries manage businesses with annual revenues exceeding $10 billion and employ more than 33,000 people around the world. Detroit Diesel's World Wide Web address is http://www.detroitdiesel.com.