Business Class® M2 100 Joins Freightliner Trucks Product Line

New Vehicle Ideal for Numerous Medium-Duty Truck Applications Including Pick-Up and Delivery, Food and Beverage Distribution and Towing

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY…Freightliner Trucks today announced the addition of a 100-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) model to its Business Class® M2 line of medium-duty and vocational trucks. Available in gross vehicle weight ratings from 16,000 to 26,000 pounds, the new Business Class M2 100 is ideal for a variety of mid-range truck applications including pickup and delivery, food and beverage distribution, towing and general services. The new vehicle was introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

“The Business Class M2 100 further expands the versatility of the new Freightliner medium-duty product line with a vehicle that suits a variety of urban and P&D applications,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Freightliner Trucks.

Introduced in February 2002, the Business Class M2 line of medium-duty and vocational trucks is designed to provide unprecedented advantages in productivity and operational efficiency to commercial truck operations. Freightliner Trucks also offers the Business Class M2 in 106-inch and 112-inch BBC configurations. The company began production of the Business Class M2 106 last year.

According to Lampert, the Business Class M2 100 is built to excel in applications where visibility and maneuverability are top priorities. The truck’s cab position allows for a shorter wheelbase to further decrease turning radius with an up-to-55-degree wheel cut. In addition, the truck features a dramatically sloped hood with 2500-square inch windshield for superb visibility.

“The Business Class M2 100 is designed to navigate narrow alleys and congested roadways with ease while giving the driver a clear view of his or her surroundings,” Lampert explained. “This is a vehicle that will contribute to overall operational safety and productivity.”

Contributing to driver productivity and safety is the Business Class M2 100’s roomy cab and completely redesigned heating/cooling/ventilation system, which keeps drivers comfortable and productive. In addition, the truck’s wider, taller doors provide easy cab ingress and egress.

Even with its nimble performance on the job, the Business Class M2 is built to handle the everyday rigors of commercial vehicle operation.

The truck’s rugged aluminum cab is lightweight and corrosion-resistant. The truck’s doors are designed to withstand punishing daily use. Strong frame rails stand up to demanding operations.

Every component and system is optimized for maximum performance and uptime. An advanced, multiplexed wiring system eliminates large wiring bundles, contributing to greater reliability and simple diagnostics. A new air manifold unit reduces the number of air lines in the cab, delivering greater reliability and performance.

Easy access to major components, color-coded wires, simplified electronics and straightforward diagnostics enable simple, quick servicing of the truck. The truck also features a clean back-of-cab, making it easy for bodybuilders to install equipment.

The Business Class M2 100 comes standard with the MBE900 engine from Mercedes-Benz. Four- and six-cylinder MBE900 engines are available with horsepower ratings from 170 to 250 and torque from 420 to 660 pound-feet.

A wide range of transmissions are available including the MBT 6-speed manual transmissions from Mercedes-Benz, Eaton-Fuller 6- or 7-speed manuals, and Allison automatic transmissions. Front axle ratings range from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds while rear axle ratings range from 10,000 pounds to 17,500 pounds. The truck is available with 19.5" wheels.

“The Business Class M2 100 will be easy to spec and easy to use,” said Lampert. “This truck is ready to go to work when you are.”

Production of the Business Class M2 100 begins in April 2003.

All Business Class M2 vehicles are supported by the vast Freightliner Trucks dealer network, many with 24/7 service locations for customer convenience.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner Trucks produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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