Penske is the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor of Detroit diesel engines, the benchmark in reliability and performance. With a proven track record in the design and manufacture of heavy-duty diesel engines, Detroit diesel engines offer customers a superior level of reliability and performance.

Available in a wide variety of horsepower and torque configurations, all Detroit on-highway products, including the DD16, DD15, DD13, and Series 60, have value-added features designed to deliver the lowest cost of ownership. We back Detroit products with industry-best warranty packages and unparalleled support through genuine parts, advanced technical expertise, maintenance programs and a well-established and extensive network of branches and dealers across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.


Why Detroit Diesel Engines?


Low Cost of Ownership

Detroit engines are built to make maintenance quick and easy so you can stay on the road and keep your cost of ownership in check. With longer service intervals and less downtime, Detroit engines deliver a lower cost of ownership.


Extensive National Service and Support Network

Penske offers the best service and support network for power systems. Our maintenance programs and preventative measures deliver excellent value for our customers, while our highly skilled factory-trained technicians deliver the best of care while minimising turnaround times. Penske’s aftersales advisers are available throughout our extensive national branch network to assist with aftersales and product support. You’ll never be far from a qualified and experienced engine technician when you choose Detroit.


Industry-best Warranty Packages

Our industry-best warranty package ensures the highest level of support for our customers. See below our full list of Detroit warranties.



Detroit Engine Models Available


The Detroit DD13 Diesel Engine


Designed specifically for intrastate local distribution and vocational applications, the DD13 delivers a smooth, quiet ride and improved fuel economy.

The smart, fuel-efficient design makes the most of every litre through an advanced cooling system and ACRS while still delivering unrivaled performance. While with over 65% parts commonality with the DD15, there is unmatched parts availability.

Perfectly suited for intrastate and vocational applications, Detroit’s DD13 engine will deliver a smooth and quiet ride with exceptional fuel economy.

Boasting superior service intervals and an easily serviceable design, the Detroit DD13 increases your uptime, lowering your overall cost of ownership.

DD13 Engine Specifications:

Configuration 6 Cylinder
Displacement 781 cu. in. (12.8 L)
Compression Ratio
Bore 5.20 in. (132 mm)
Stroke 6.15 in. (156 mm)
Weight (Dry) 2540 lb. (1152 kg)
Electronics DDEC® VI
Clutch Engagement Torque 1018 lb-ft
Oil Capacity 41 L
Dimensions (H x W x L) 1346 x 1304 x 1484
See the DD13 Engine Spec Sheet (Western Star) here.
See the DD13 Engine Spec Sheet (Freightliner) here.


The Detroit DD15 Diesel Engine


Benefiting from design and manufacturing processes developed by some of the world’s best engineers, and using advanced materials, the DD15 pushes engine tune-up intervals out to 400,000 kilometres.

Whilst other manufacturers require you to undertake extensive component change-outs at the engine’s midlife, costing up to $16,000, the DD15 does not. This provides additional cost of ownership benefits and keeps your truck on the road longer

All DD15 engines are backed by the most comprehensive no-cost extended warranty package in the industry at five years, 1,000,000 kilometres, 15,000 hours or 500,000 litres of fuel burn (whichever occurs first).

DD15 Engine Specifications

1373 x 1107 x 1830Configuration Inline 6 Cylinder
Displacement 906 cu. in. (14.8 L)
Compression Ratio
Bore 5.47 in. (139 mm)
Stroke 6.42 in. (163 mm)
Weight (Dry) 2970 lb. (1350 kg)
Electronics DDEC® VI
Clutch Engagement Torque 1180 lb-ft
Oil Capacity 45 L
Dimensions (H x W x L) 1373 x 1107 x 1830
See the DD15 Engine Spec Sheet (Western Star) here.


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The Detroit DD16 Diesel Engine

Detroit’s DD16 delivers all the power you need.

With up to 600 horsepower and 2,050lb-ft of torque, the big-bore workhorse provides efficient and dependable power and performance in your Freightliner Cascadia 126.

Detroit’s advanced technology also means GHG17 requirements are met through innovative fuel efficiency resulting in lower emissions.

See the DD16 Engine Spec Sheet (Freightliner) here.

See the DD16 Engine Spec Sheet (Western Star) here.



More Detroit DD13, DD15, and DD16 Engine Resources



Detroit Diesel Legacy Engines


Detroit Series 60 Engine

This inline six-cylinder four-stroke diesel engine may be the most successful engine Detroit ever produced, selling over 1.2M units worldwide.

Penske Australia continues to provide servicing and parts to customers operating the Series 60 engine through our extensive national branch network.


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Detroit MBE4000 Engine

The MBE 4000 offers outstanding performance at any speed for maximum productivity. The MBE 4000 produces maximum torque at low engine speeds for excellent acceleration and reduced shifting, and has best-in-class braking, all resulting in optimal driver satisfaction.


More Detroit MBE400 Resources

Contact us today, or find one of our authorised Detroit dealers click here to find out more about Detroit’s portfolio of high performance diesel engines.


Contact us today, or find one of our authorised Detroit dealers click here to find out more about Detroit’s portfolio of high performance diesel engines.




Contact us today, or find one of our authorised Detroit dealers click here to find out more about Detroit’s portfolio of high performance diesel engines.