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Detroit Diesel Exhibits Full Line of Automotive Diesel Engines

5 January 1998

Detroit Diesel Exhibits Full Line of Automotive Diesel Engines At North American International Auto Show

    DETROIT, Jan. 5 -- During the North American International
Auto Show, Detroit Diesel Corporation , already the world's leading
independent supplier of automotive diesel engines, introduced a new line of
engines with features designed to meet the performance, packaging and
emissions requirements for the cars of tomorrow.
    DDC's current automotive line, known as the TD (Turbocharged Diesel) is
available in three configurations: 4 cylinder 2.5L, 5 cylinder 3.1L, and 6
cylinder 3.8L.  The TD series is a modular design with more than 70 percent of
interchangeable parts between the three configurations.  The modular design
reduces cost, simplifies training, keeps parts inventories to a minimum and
allows new technology to be quickly applied across the entire family of
    The newly expanded TD line adds a 3 cylinder 1.4L (76 hp), 4 cylinder 1.9L
(112 hp), and 5 cylinder 2.4L (143 hp) diesel engine.  This new generation of
high speed direct injection engines are designed to be world leaders in
performance, economy, emissions, cost effectiveness, noise control and
    All TD models are turbocharged with features such as hydraulic tappets for
noise control, iron cylinder liners for durability in a lightweight package
and electronically controlled fuel systems.  Continually improving this
automotive engine family, DDC has added a common rail fuel injection system to
the current 2.5L diesel engine.  Common rail fuel injection will provide
significantly improved control of the fuel injection process over the entire
operating range of the engine.  The result is increased power, better fuel
economy, reduced emissions, improved driveabiity and better starting.
    Scott Vaughan, Vice President of Automotive Sales, said, "The current TD
line brought Detroit Diesel into a leadership position with proven technology
such as direct injection and two-valve cylinder heads.  It is the unequaled
combination of our expertise, perspective, facilities, equipment, people and
partnerships that give us the ability to offer such a world-class line of high
performance engines at a competitive price."
    Vaughan continued, "These new models feature four valve heads, overhead
camshafts, common rail fuel injection with pilot injection and balance shafts
when required.  The additional TD line we're introducing today are high
performance, lightweight engines that combine the feel of a gasoline engine
with the economy of a diesel."
    Tim Leuliette, Vice Chairman of Detroit Diesel, adds, "This past October,
DDC's new facility in Curitiba, Brazil began producing engines, adding
significantly to our worldwide capacity.  This expanded line of engines,
coupled with increased capacity, make it possible for Detroit Diesel to have a
complete range of world class automotive engines and to be the single source
for any automotive manufacturer's diesel needs."  Detroit Diesel currently
supplies engines to Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, Rover, Asia Motors, General
Motors (Opel) and a number of others.
    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; and provides financing through Detroit
Diesel Capital Corporation.  The Company offers a complete line of diesel
engines from ten to 10,000 horsepower for the on-highway truck; construction,
mining and industrial; automotive; coach and bus; marine; power generation;
and military markets.  Detroit Diesel services these markets directly and
through a worldwide network of more than 2,500 authorized distributors and
dealers.  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.  Penske Motorsports, Inc., and Penske Capital
Partners.  The Penske group of businesses has annual revenues exceeding $6
billion and employs more than 28,000 people around the world.
    Detroit Diesel Corporation's World Wide Web address is

SOURCE  Detroit Diesel Corporation