Freightliner plant builds Daimler’s 3 millionth truck
CLEVELAND — Daimler Trucks North America today delivered its 3 millionth vehicle, a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution built at the truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland.
Daimler handed the keys to representatives from Schneider, one of the largest truckload carriers in North America, during a milestone ceremony at the Cleveland facility.
“Daimler Trucks North America is committed to pacing the industry in terms of engineering and manufacturing excellence, as well as production of vehicles that provide a real total cost of ownership solution for our customers,” said Roger Nielsen, CEO for Daimler. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication to excellence by Daimler Trucks North America’s employees past, present and future.”
The 3 millionth vehicle is the first Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipped with the new 6x2 DetroitTM integrated powertrain package. Featuring the Detroit DD15 engine, Detroit DT12TM transmission and Detroit axles, the integrated Powertrain provides state-of-the-art component communication to achieve the highest level of performance, Daimler said.
The new Detroit integrated powertrain will be available in full production in the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution in January 2015.
“The Detroit integrated powertrain exemplifies the pioneering, innovative spirit that has propelled Freightliner to undisputed market leadership in the commercial vehicle industry in North America,” said Richard Shearing, vice president of national accounts for Daimler.
Daimler is the only original equipment manufacturer that designs, engineers and manufacturers a completely integrated powertrain, Shearing said.
Schneider took possession of the landmark truck.
“A milestone like the one Daimler is celebrating today is no small feat,” said Rob Reich, senior vice president at Schneider. “We have owned more than 25,000 Freightliner trucks over the years and are honored to have the company’s 3 millionth truck join our fleet.”
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