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Daimler delivers its 3 millionth vehicle produced in North America

Steve Duley, center, vice president of purchasing at Schneider, accepts the 3 millionth Daimler Trucks North America vehicle from Roger Nielson, left, chief operating officer, Daimler Trucks North America, and Richard Shearing, vice president of national accounts at Daimler Trucks North America. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)

The Trucker News Services

8/26/2014

CLEVELAND, N.C. — Daimler Trucks North America Friday marked the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in North America.

The milestone was commemorated by the delivery of a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to representatives from Schneider at Daimler’s manufacturing facility in Cleveland, North Carolina.

“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,” Roger Nielsen, chief operating officer, Daimler Trucks North America, said. “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 to be equipped with the new 6x2 Detroit integrated Powertrain package. Featuring the Detroit DD15 engine, Detroit DT12 transmission and Detroit axles, the integrated Powertrain provides state-of-the-art component communication to achieve the highest level of performance. 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,” Richard Shearing, vice president of national accounts for Daimler Trucks North America, said. “We are the only OEM that designs, engineers and manufacturers a completely integrated Powertrain and we are pleased to debut the new Detroit integrated Powertrain in our 3 millionth vehicle.”

Schneider, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, took possession of the landmark truck.

“A milestone like the one Daimler is celebrating today is no small feat,” Rob Reich, senior vice president at Schneider, said. “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.”

With over 50,000 orders since its start of production in 2013, the Cascadia Evolution builds on the technologies of Daimler’s previous on-highway truck models — engine efficiency, advanced aerodynamics, fleet management tools — to deliver up to a 7 percent increase in fuel economy over its 2010 EPA-compliant predecessor, Nielsen said.

Daimler was founded in 1942 when Leland James began manufacturing trucks in Portland, Ore., as the Freightliner Corp. In 1981, Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG), one of the world’s premier automotive companies and builder of heavy-duty commercial vehicles, purchased Freightliner Trucks from Consolidated Freightways, and in the following decade, vehicle sales more than doubled.

Nine North American manufacturing facilities produce the company’s vehicles, which include Freightliner trucks, Western Star trucks, Thomas Built buses; as well as Freightliner Custom Chassis, Detroit engines and components, and Alliance Truck Parts.

DTNA manufacturing facility locations including, Redford, Michigan; Cleveland, North Carolina; Gastonia, North Carolina; High Point, North Carolina; Mount Holly, North Carolina; Gassney, South Carolina; Saltillo, Mexico, and Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico.

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