International Project Brazil/Germany with High-Level Teamwork: Development of a New Cab Suspension for an European Medium Duty Truck

Paper #:
  • 2013-36-0418

Published:
  • 2013-10-07
DOI:
  • 10.4271/2013-36-0418
Citation:
Ribeiro, R., Sauer, F., da Silva, D., and Costa, L., "International Project Brazil/Germany with High-Level Teamwork: Development of a New Cab Suspension for an European Medium Duty Truck," SAE Technical Paper 2013-36-0418, 2013, https://doi.org/10.4271/2013-36-0418.
Pages:
7
Abstract:
New demands for the European Market claimed a new medium duty truck. Aim was not only to comply with new legislations, but also achieve better driving comfort and dynamic characteristics. The development of a new cab suspension was the answer given by means of an international project executed by the Technology Development Center of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil (CDT) with support of other technical divisions of our Development Center in Germany. High-level Teamwork Brazil/Germany at all levels from project coordination down to the plant assembly line was the key to reach an outstanding result with an extra achievement of weight reduction. Complete integration of all involved collaborators in Brazil and in Germany proved to be the main reason to get at the high efficiency shown during the development tasks. This article presents a brief overview of the undertaken development steps together with the challenges and the solutions given to assure the success of the international teamwork.
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