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New from Mitsubishi Electric is the full-featured Diamond Power S60 (DPS60) starter as an upgrade for Freightliner and Western Star trucks using the Detroit DD15 and DD16 engines.

Available through all North American heavy-duty truck dealers and many aftermarket distributors, the high-powered DPS60 starter increases both starter and battery life through improved thermal durability and lower current draw, the company says. It also comes with the Diamond Gard no-fault warranty.

The new DPS60 was developed specifically to address a need for an alternative starter for Freightliner and Western Star trucks built since 2010 with DD15 and DD16 engines. The company says it's the most powerful starter it has ever offered. It gives Mitsubishi Electric full starter coverage on nearly all Freightliner and Western Star trucks built since 1998.

Key benefits and features of the DPS60 are said to include faster cranking speeds in cold weather from increased power and cranking torque; longer battery life due to a 15% reduction in current draw, resulting in less battery discharge while cranking; improved thermal durability that provides longer starter life; and improved corrosion resistance, lasting three times longer than previous models.

DPS60 applications are not limited to Freightliner and Western Star applications. Other fitments will be announced soon.