Freightliner Custom Chassis Goes On Safari, Offers Front-Engine Diesel On Simba FD

Gaffney, S.C—Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is proud to announce that Safari® Motorcoaches will feature FCCC’s FREDTM front-engine chassis on its brand-new 2007 Simba FD.

“We believe that Simba FD owners will very quickly realize the inherent advantages that a diesel engine offers them, like improved fuel economy, longer engine life and more power,” says Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing, FCCC.

The FRED chassis features a 5.9-liter Cummins® electronic diesel engine that produces 300 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, combined with the Allison® 2100MH five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Other noteworthy features include a 55-degree wheel cut for great maneuverability, 26,000-lb. GVWR for increased floorplan options and Freightliner LLC’s service network of more than 400 locations—all of which adds to the FRED chassis’ advantages.

“We introduced the Simba FD to offer our customers four distinct floor plans and all the benefits of a diesel engine at a very competitive price point compared to gas coaches,” said Safari Motorcoach national sales manager Shannon Thatcher. Production of the Simba FD is currently in progress, and its public debut is scheduled for Fall, 2006.

The first Simba FD was recently displayed at the Safari Dealer Congress, and Safari dealers expressed considerable enthusiasm. “We are very excited about the new Simba FD,” said Craig Strobeck, sales manager of Guaranty’s RV Factory Outlet Supercenter in Coburg, Oregon. “We feel that it will have an immediate impact on the market.”

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Safari by offering a front-engine diesel to a new customer,” added Schaper, “and we look forward to a long-term partnership with Safari Motorcoaches.”

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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