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Impressions: Detroit DD5 test drive Can a 4-cylinder engine successfully and efficiently get the job done in medium-duty standard truck applications? Daimler Trucks The United States and Canada is encouraged a 5-liter diesel makes sense, and—– following the Daimler platform’& rsquo; s success in Europe—– the market-leading truck maker is confident enough to start its entry into medium-duty engines on this side of the Atlantic with the Detroit DD5. Based upon our 20-mile test drive through the heart of Napa’& rsquo; s wine nation, the platform definitely has potential. Granted, a Class 6 Freightliner M2 106 with a 20-ft. box wouldn’& rsquo; t be most folks & rsquo; first choice of car for travelling the famed Silverado Path on a warm, sunny California afternoon—– however truck editors aren’& rsquo; t most folks. And we did our best not to let the surroundings sidetrack us from the job at hand: putting the DD5 through its speeds. Popular NowCaterpillar to drop professional truck lineDiabetes in trucking: Three things you need to knowShifting for fuel economy (As an aside, we’& rsquo; re not evaluating the M2 106 here—– however Fleet Owner Editor Jim Mele and American Trucker Editor Kevin Jones were instantly impressed by the truck’& rsquo; s turning radius as we pulled away from the staging location and made the U-turn across a narrow side road. Also, we had no problem backing at an uncomfortable angle to position the truck for some images at the end of the drive.) Merging onto a fast four-lane with the four-banger was as easy as putting the pedal to the flooring—– then letting it up well before completion of a short on-ramp. At cruising speed, the noise-dampening touches clearly work: discussion was as simple as a chat in a full-size pickup. Running at 60 mph with the traffic, another punch to the pedal easily got us around a slow-moving Recreational Vehicle and back in time to let a much faster convertible advance its merry method. We were also impressed by the engine braking. With the toggle on the dash set to high, the system brought the truck to c.
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