Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab Available with Natural Gas Option

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 21, 2012 – Freightliner Trucks today announced that the Freightliner Cascadia® 113-inch BBC day cab will be available with natural gas technology. Freightliner Trucks has partnered with Cummins Westport to provide the new ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine as a factory-installed option. A Cascadia 113 CNG day cab equipped with the ISX12 G will be on display at the Freightliner Trucks (#30125) booth at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show MATS.

The availability of the Cascadia day cab with natural gas technology adds to Freightliner Trucks’ portfolio of natural gas offerings, which also includes the Freightliner Business Class® M2 112 and the 114SD.

Parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) leads the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in the production of natural gas powered conventional vehicles with a combined sales figure of more than 3,800 natural gas vehicles across its brands. Of those, Freightliner Trucks has sold more than 1,300 trucks and tractors since 2008.

“We’re continuing to provide our customers with environmentally friendly solutions that also benefit profitability,” said Robert Carrick, vocational sales manager – natural gas, for Freightliner Trucks. “Pairing the already-efficient Cascadia day cab with the ISX12 G engine will result in one of the most productive trucks on the road today.”

In addition to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas fuel costs up to 60 percent less than diesel (based on current prices) without sacrificing power or performance.

Ideal for regional haul, vocational and refuse applications, the 12-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel heavy-duty engine platform. The ISX12 G will operate exclusively on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and features ratings of 400 hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque, optional engine brake, and manual and automatic transmission capability. In addition, a wider range of optional CNG fuel tank offerings will be available to address the desire for increased range with these vehicles.

Added Carrick: “While the M2 112 chassis with ISL-G power has driven the natural gas vehicle industry to this point, this exciting new product will be the answer for customers who want to go further, faster, and conquer more mountainous terrain.”

Production will begin on the Cascadia CNG ISX12 G beginning in Q1 2013.

In February 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified DTNA’s complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles as fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. DTNA is the first and only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be certified as GHG14 compliant. DTNA’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative. The initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems and alternative fuels.

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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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