Freightliner LLC Delivers Demo Trucks with ‘07 Engines to Fleet Customers

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY…After logging more than three million test miles, Freightliner LLC has begun delivering demo trucks with ’07 engines to fleet customers nationwide. By the end of 2006, Freightliner LLC expects to have a considerable number of demo units delivered to customers for use in their own fleets.

“These trucks have been thoroughly tested for durability and dependability at our engineering facilities, on test tracks and on North American highways pulling loaded trailers. We’ve tested them on mountain roads and run them in the heat of summer and the cold of the winter,” said Steve Morelli, EPA ‘07 sales and marketing manager for Freightliner LLC. “We’re confident in meeting the EPA ’07 requirements and will deliver the quality and reliability our customers expect and deserve.”

Larry Dutko, EPA ’07 general manager for Freightliner LLC, has been working closely with engine manufacturers to ensure the ’07 engines perform optimally in Freightliner®, Sterling® and Western Star® vehicles. “The cab of the trucks will remain the same, but we’ve had to make some changes to the wiring harnesses and adjustments to accommodate the slightly larger ‘07 engines,” Dutko said. The ’07 engines also will add an exhaust after-treatment device—replacing the muffler assembly—for filtering out particulate matter in the exhaust.

The public will be able to view Freightliner LLC vehicles with ‘07 engines at the Mid America Trucking Show here from March 23-25. Trucks on display will include a Freightliner Century Class® S/T™ with a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, a Columbia® with a Caterpillar C15 engine, a Sterling AT9500 113-inch BBC with an MBE4000 engine, and a Western Star 4900 EX with a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine. “These are all factory-built trucks that are manufactured on the assembly line and feature a fully-functional engine and after-treatment system,” said Morelli.

Freightliner LLC’s service division is equally prepared for 2007. District service managers have been trained and by the end of 2006, all Freightliner LLC dealerships and Freightliner ServicePoint® locations will be certified to work on the ’07 engines.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading producer of medium-duty and specialized commercial vehicles. It produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner LLC is a business unit of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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