Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle Engines: Alive and Well with MTU

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Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle Engines: Alive and Well with MTU

The first Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines started rolling off the line 70 years ago in 1938. Since that time, over three million engines have been produced for applications from construction to defense to marine. Today, those legions of Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines are the focus of a renewed commitment from MTU Detroit Diesel to provide parts, service and support for the long term.

Originally one company, MTU separated from Detroit Diesel in 2006, taking with it responsibility for the off-highway engine business as well as the 2-Cycle engine business. With the separation, Detroit Diesel was no longer in the 2-Cycle business, which left some customers to wonder where to find support for their engines. Thanks to MTU's investment in rebuilding the 2-Cycle supply chain and its renewed focus on this market segment, 2-Cycle owners need look no farther than their local MTU distributor.

"The 2-Cycle business is alive and well," said MTU 2-Cycle Parts Product Planning Manager Lisa Farrens. "Many competitors say 'Detroit Diesel doesn't do 2-Cycle anymore.' This is factually correct; however, we want to spread the word that 'MTU does 2-Cycle' and we do it with the highest standards and most progressive programs."

One of those programs is a stock engine program that MTU will officially launch in fourth quarter 2008. Through this program, part numbers will be established for 42 different engine builds across a varity of configurations. The program provides a standard lead time of two weeks or less for any standardized engine not in stock for immediate shipment. In addition, customized engines built to a base configuration of a specified serial number will be available for shipment with an average lead time of four weeks or less.

"We are pleased with the ongoing comittment for the 2-Cycle business in the Marine workboat sector," said Jeff Sherman, Marine Sales Manager for MTU Detroit Diesel. "There are still more Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines running in the field than any other manufacturer and they will continue to be used for many years to come. We want to be there to support those customers thoughout the engine's lifecycle and I think these new programs will help us do that."

Further evidence of MTU's commitment to the 2-Cycle business was provided last month in the form of a 2-Cycle parts contract with the U.S. Department of Defense that has optional extensions through 2013 and is anticipated to average $10 million per year over the term of the contract.

About MTU
MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. is the North American regional headquarters of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world's most important providers of diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and decentralized power plants. It offers a complete line of power solutions from 30 to 12,200 bhp (20 to 9,100 kW) for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense markets. MTU Detroit Diesel is part of the Tognum MTU Engines division.

About Tognum
Tognum is one of the world's leading suppliers of high speed diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships, heavy land and rail vehicles and of industrial drive systems as well as decentralized power plants. It is set-up in the two divisions: MTU Engines and Tognum Onsite Energy Systems and Components. Its product portfolio includes diesel engines in the power range from 20 to 9,100 kW, gas engine systems, gas turbines and fuel cells and is one of the most modern and comprehensive in its sector. In addition, the group develops and manufactures custom-made electronic control and monitoring systems for its engines and propulsion systems. Sales of the Tognum Group amounted to more than EUR 2.8 billion in 2007. By the end of 2007, the Tognum Group employed approximately 8,200 personnel worldwide. It maintains a global sales and distribution network including 22 subsidiaries, more than 130 distribution partners and 1,100 authorized dealers.


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