Freightliner Trucks Announces Production of 7.2- Liter Mercedes-Benz MBE926 Engine for Medium-Duty Product Line

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PORTLAND, OREGON…Freightliner Trucks today announced the availability of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz MBE926 7.2-liter engine for the Freightliner Trucks medium-duty Business Class® M2 line of vehicles. The 7.2-liter engine offers excellent fuel economy as well as superb durability and performance with lower operating costs. Availability of the MBE926 diesel engine began in mid-June.



“We are pleased to announce the availability and production of the 7.2-liter version engine for our medium-duty customers,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “This engine rounds out the availability of the highly-successful Mercedes-Benz MBE900 series of engines for Freightliner Trucks.”



Freightliner Trucks introduced the MBE900 series engines to the market in late 1999 for use in its Business Class M2 product line. The engines are ideal for use in medium-duty applications including distribution, food and beverage delivery, towing, utilities and fire and emergency service.



The 6-cylinder MBE926 offers horsepower ratings from 250 to 330 and torque range from 800 to 1,000 lb. ft. The 7.2-liter engine delivers high torque at a low RPM, increasing performance with smoother shifts, better driveability and increased capacity for climbing hills and negotiating stop-and-go traffic.



The 7.2-liter MBE926 offers an exhaust brake which provides more braking horsepower for improved vehicle control and less service brake wear. The brake is quiet, producing less noise in city operations. The exhaust brake can be combined with the MBE compression brake for up to 215 braking horsepower (182 BHP @ 2300 RPM), the most powerful engine braking available for demanding applications.



The MBE900 series engines use an Exhaust Gas Recirculation system (EGR) which adheres to all applicable 2004 EPA emission regulations. The MBE900 engines also feature sophisticated electronic control systems including full diagnostics for ease of maintenance, fully electronic engine management systems and Detroit Diesel Diagnostic Link software for periodic reporting and comprehensive views of vehicle operation.



The MBE900 engines are backed by a base three-year, 150,000 mile warranty for on-highway applications. The engines are supported by the vast Freightliner Trucks dealer network and the wide-ranging Detroit Diesel parts and service network.



“The MBE926 7.2-liter engine is another great option for our medium-duty truck operators who want power and performance in a lightweight package,” Lampert added.



Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner Trucks produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.



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