Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Introduces New Lowered-Engine Options on Chassis for 2005

GAFFNEY, S.C. … Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced the introduction of three more “lowered-engine options” on its XC chassis: the Cat C-7 engine on the XC Raised Rail chassis and the Cat C-7 and Cummins ISB engines on the XC Straight Rail chassis. These additions come after FCCC introduced the XC Raised Rail chassis with a lowered Mercedes-Benz MBE 926 engine at the 2004 RVIA Show in Louisville. By year-end, FCCC plans to have a lowered-engine choice on every XC chassis, including the Tag Axle chassis that was introduced in 2004.

This patent-pending “lowered-engine design” provides benefits for both RV manufacturers and RV customers. This configuration allows RV manufacturers to achieve a flat floor in the rear bedroom of the motorhome, giving customers more bedroom storage options and allowing them to walk around the bed with greater ease. The lowered-engine position also creates a lower center of gravity that translates into improved ride and handling performance for RV owners.

“We have created some excitement in the industry with these new lowered-engine designs,” said Dean Schaper, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Lowering the engine position has allowed our customers to create new and innovative floor plans that were not feasible with previous configurations. Rolling out the C-7 and the ISB in this configuration will allow more of our customers to take advantage of this new technology, while showing FCCC’s continuing efforts to be responsive to customer needs.”

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, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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