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The Historic Detroit Series 60 Engine

The Detroit (formerly Detroit Diesel) Series 60 Engine was the first electronic diesel engine on the market.

The Detroit (formerly Detroit Diesel) Series 60 Engine was the first electronic diesel engine on the market. It quickly became the most popular among truckers and fleet managers due to the sheer ease of use that it afforded. In this post, we’ll be breaking down the reasons that we’ve all been such huge fans of the Series 60 for so long.


The Series 60 debuted in 1987 for the North American class-8 market. Much of its development happened as a collaboration between Detroit Diesel and John Deere, for example, the ring system, the cylinder heads, and most notably the electronic engine control. In the end, the two companies kept manufacturing separately, but their efforts produced the most novel diesel engine of its time. 


Detroit Diesel itself started up way back in 1938 as a division of General Motors. A company with a history that goes back that far knows a thing or two about the needs of their consumers. In creating the Series 60, they demonstrated what they had learned from all that experience.

Detroit Technology

Electronic engine control for the diesel market was a revelation in trucking. When something started going wrong or needed regular maintenance, the engine’s way of interfacing made the whole process far simpler. Fleet managers picked up on the ways that they could track mileage and speed and never looked back. This type of communication made trucking a safer, more stable profession


The design for the Detroit Series 60 being totally open source is another testament to its status as the diesel engine. Subsequent updates to the engine control technology have had their issues, but none of that has stopped it from being one of the most popular setups on the market.


Between the company’s longevity and the engine’s huge presence on the market, you can always find helpful tips for maintenance and repairs. These engines are so reliable that Freightliner trucks used them exclusively for twenty years. It’s not hard to see why. The Detroit Series 60 always has and always will deliver, the same way the truckers that rely on it do. 


Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star for all Your Trucking Needs!

Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474, or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is an award-winning, authorized dealer for new and used medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Sprinter Vans. We also provide expert service repair for Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Mercedes-Benz engines.
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