Freightliner Chassis Powered by Premium Engines in 2007

GAFFNEY, S.C—Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is extremely proud to offer its valued RV customers the Cummins® or Mercedes-Benz® engines for 2007. All engines exceed the 2007 Federal emission standards while providing outstanding performance and reliability.



The Cummins ISB with 300 hp and 620 lb.-ft. of torque, powers the celebrated FRED (front-engine diesel) and continues to be as quiet as gas engines while offering up to 70% better fuel economy. In addition, the lowered engine position on FRED eliminates the “dog house” typically found on the cockpit floor in gas motorhomes.



The industry-leading XC chassis will offer the Mercedes 926 and three Cummins engine models, the new 6.7L ISB, 8.3L ISC and the 8.9L ISL with a variety of horsepower ratings.. There will be two ISB ratings at 300hp and 340hp that will be coupled to the Allison® 2000 series transmission, which will be available as a six speed after April 2007. There will also be two more ratings for the new 6.7L ISB of 325hp and 350hp that will have a higher torque rating or 750 lb ft. The Mercedes 926 will see a horsepower increase to 350 hp. The ISC will also see an increase in horsepower to 360 hp and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque. The ISL will be available at ratings of 370, 400 and the new rating of 425 hp.



Standard with the EPA 2007 engines in the XC chassis will be the lowered engine position that allows for a flat-floor rear bedroom and a lower center of gravity for better ride and handling. In addition, for engines with a rear radiator, the fan clutch will be standard. The fan clutch helps reduce engine noise and significantly improves fuel economy.



The newly introduced Powerliner chassis will feature the Cummins ISM with 500 hp. Built for the luxury market, the Powerliner’s engine features the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class.



“The breadth of our product line and engine offerings makes us unique in the marketplace,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing at FCCC. “We offer the most popular diesel engines out there with Cummins, and the Mercedes-Benz engine, which continues to gain momentum. With these two industry-leading engines, and the industry’s largest service network backing them up, customers are driven to consider a Freightliner Chassis.”



Cummins, Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations.



The MBE 926 engine is distributed and supported by Detroit Diesel Corporation in North America.



Detroit Diesel Corporation is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines. The company offers a complete line of engines from 190 to 515 horsepower for the on-highway, recreational and vocational markets. Through its corporate headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Diesel is engaged in the design, manufacture, sale and service of these products. Detroit Diesel is a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, part of the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group and an affiliate company to Freightliner LLC.



Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3 – 8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.



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