MTU Detroit Diesel is now Tognum America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Tognum AG. While our company name has changed, our brand has not. MTU, the hallmark brand of the Tognum Group, is built on a long line of premium diesel engines that dates back as early as 1909 in Germany and 1938 in North America.
As GM Diesel and later Detroit Diesel, our first North American engines were compact, lightweight, 2-Cycle products for power generation, industrial and defense applications. Later, heavy duty engines were developed. By 1965, we had produced our one millionth engine in North America. That same year, GM Diesel was renamed Detroit Diesel. "Detroits" continued to be the diesel engines of choice in North America and achieved many milestones along the way.
Looking to expand our off-road business, Detroit Diesel and MTU formed a partnership in 1994 to develop our next generation of heavy-duty diesel engines: the Series 2000 and Series 4000. Those engine families have since become legendary for their superior reliability, emissions control and fuel efficiency.
In 2000, MTU and Detroit Diesel combined our off-highway operations into a single, global organization, which is now Tognum America. Responsible for the sales and service of engines and systems in North and Latin America, Tognum America has offices in Novi, Houston, Washington DC, San Leandro, CA; St. Rose, LA and Miami, FL. We also operate a state-of-the art production facility in Graniteville, SC.
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