Freightliner LLC Builds EPA 2007- Certified Detroit Diesel Engines and Plans January Truck Deliveries

Download images for this press releasePORTLAND, Oregon - January 5, 2007 – Freightliner LLC today announced that it has initiated the build of EPA 2007 emissions-certified heavy-duty Detroit Diesel Series 60® engines.

The new EPA regulations will drive significant near-term improvements in truck emissions and air quality. Series 60® engines compliant with the new regulations emit 95 percent less particulate matter and 50 percent less nitrogen oxide than comparable engines in 2006.

“These engines pass the ‘white handkerchief test’ where a white hanky placed over the exhaust pipes of the running truck shows there is no soot or odor emitted. They also demonstrate Freightliner and Detroit Diesel’s commitment to clean air and environmental progress,” said Tim Tindall, Director of Sales.

Freightliner LLC has made a significant investment in the innovation of this new technology in its Detroit Diesel engines, including extensive validation with laboratory and field testing. Since the inception of the development program in 2004, Series 60 engines that are EPA' 07 compliant have accumulated over 14 million equivalent miles, with 2.5 million of those miles in actual customer vehicles executing revenue service.

“This is the most thoroughly tested engine and vehicle combination that Freightliner LLC has ever released,” continued Tindall.

The engine and aftertreatment technology developed for Detroit Diesel engines in conjunction with the newer 15 ppm ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel spearheaded by the U.S. EPA, provides exceptional, world-class performance in reducing diesel emissions.

Effective December 29, 2006 Freightliner LLC’s Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Michigan began building engines for some of Freightliner’s largest customers - leaders and innovators in the field of transportation who have shown their dedication to social and environmental responsibility and their willingness to invest in this tested and proven new technology. These first 2007 emission-certified engines will be installed in vehicles at Freightliner’s Cleveland, NC, Portland, OR, and St. Thomas, Ont. truck plants beginning on January 8, with initial customer deliveries planned before the end of January.

“The truck plants have already built a significant number of trucks with pre-production engines and we are more than ready to begin full production of EPA 2007 emission certified engines,” said Larry Dutko, General Manager of EPA 2007 activities for Freightliner LLC.

Officials from the EPA joined Freightliner LLC in recognizing the significance of this achievement. "It's an exciting, historic milestone to see clean diesel engines reach the market," said Margo Oge, Director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Americans will benefit enormously from the environmental and public health successes of our clean diesel programs. All of those involved in diesel's transformation can be proud of contributing to a more sustainable transportation sector."

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

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