BTS 2023

Here’s the next level of performance and efficiency

Distributed by Penske Australia, Detroit is an industry-leading original equipment manufacturer of state-of-the-art engines and transmissions specifically designed for optimised performance and efficiency inside Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

The Detroit product portfolio has expanded to include advanced safety systems and telematics, delivering a total trucking solution. 

Building upon the legendary Detroit heavy-duty engine legacy, the DD13, DD13 Gen 5, and DD16 engines take efficiency and performance to the next level. 

The DD13.

Powering the Freightliner Cascadia 116, the DD13 offers flexible options for horsepower and torque in a package that provides great fuel economy. Delivering 450-505hp and 1650-1,850 lb-ft of torque, the 13L engine features a three-stage integrated Jacobs engine brake, a proprietary asymmetric turbocharger for outstanding performance and reliability, and is GHG17 compliant. 

Found under the hood of the Western Star 47X and 48X, the DD13 Gen 5 offers the latest diesel engine technology for even greater performance and reliability. Delivering 450-525hp and 1550-1850 lb-ft of torque, the 13L engine features a new swirl piston design for better combustion, new turbocharger for responsive performance, improved thermal management for fewer regens, extended DPF service intervals, further fuel efficiency improvements, and is GHG21 compliant. 

The biggest, most powerful truck engine ever built by Detroit, the DD16 powers the Freightliner Cascadia 126, Western Star 48X, and Western Star 49X. With up to 2050 lb-ft and 600hp, the DD16 tackles the most challenging jobs with outstanding power, reliability and fuel economy. The 16L DD16 features turbo compounding to recover heat from the exhaust, transforming lost potential into bonus power and a wide, flat torque curve that pulls strongly all the way down below 1000 rpm. 

The Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission (AMT).

Complimenting Detroit’s portfolio of highly efficient, reliable, and powerful engines is the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission (AMT). Subjected to over 35 million miles of testing, the DT12 AMT is globally proven in a range of challenging applications. 

Available in DT12-OV and DT12-OVX variants, the 12-speed transmission boasts rock-free and off-road functions in addition to the on-highway focussed economy and performance modes. It also includes a power launch feature and has side and rear power take-off (PTO) capabilities. 

“The DT12 transmissions make the driver’s life easy without any compromise on performance or reliability,” said Bob Gowans, Detroit business manager at Penske Australia. 

“And our heavy-duty engine family continues to get better and better. Customers agree – last year, the one millionth DD-series engine was built in the Detroit plant. 

“Both the DD13 and DD13 Gen 5 are designed to deliver exceptional fuel economy and a weight advantage of almost 200kg over the previous generation DD15 while offering the sort of power and torque normally only seen in the 15-litre engine class. 

“The DD16 in the X-Series features a completely revised after-treatment system while retaining the turbo-compounding technology that has proven extremely reliable in local Australian conditions over the last decade. 

“Meeting the latest GHG21 fuel economy standards, the DD13 Gen 5 and DD16 are among the cleanest in the world, conforming to the US EPA-10 emissions standard, as well as being ready for the upcoming Australian ADR-80/04 regulation. 

“In addition to enjoying the Detroit displays on the Freightliner and Western Star stands, show attendees will also be able to visit the ‘Detroit Plaza’ upstairs on the terrace where they can grab a bite to eat, pick up some Detroit goodies, and enjoy the display!” 

This year’s Brisbane Truck Show will showcase the following Detroit products: 

Freightliner Stand (#44):

• Detroit DD13 engine 

• Detroit DD16 engine 

Western Star Trucks Stand (#54): 

• Detroit DD16 engine

• Detroit DT12 AMT 

Detroit Plaza:

• DD13 Gen 5 engine 

For more information, visit or call 07 3877 6126.

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