Freightliner Trucks Continues Investments in Vocational Product Line

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PORTLAND, OREGON …Freightliner Trucks today highlighted its continuing investments in its vocational product line. The company’s vocational line-up was featured at a press event at the Conexpo/Conagg show in Las Vegas.

“Freightliner Trucks has made significant investments in the brand’s vocational product line over the past few years,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Freightliner Trucks. “As our business in this market segment grows, we will continue to deliver efficient business solutions to this important customer group.”

As evidence of Freightliner Trucks’ commitment to the vocational market, Lampert pointed to the recent introductions of the Business Class M2 V vehicle. Unveiled in 2004, the M2 106V and 112V offer heavier-duty options such as front frame extensions to provide a solid mounting point for hydraulic pumps, winches, front stabilizers and snowplows, more durable bumpers and front engine power take-off (PTO) provision for increased versatility and performance, powering snow plows, refuse packers, cranes and utility equipment.

The M2 106V and 112V are designed for specialized applications which require heavy-duty, front-end stability and power. The M2 V truck models are ideal for snow plow and crane operations, along with construction, agriculture, fire and emergency, refuse, utility and municipal and governmental services.

Freightliner Trucks’ vocational product portfolio also includes the FLD SD. Built for strength and durability, the FLD SD handles the most demanding applications while utilizing the latest engineering and technological advancements.

The latest features include an enhanced heavy-duty chassis, frame rails rated to 120,000-psi, a durable yet lightweight, reinforced cab and engine options up to 550-horsepower, which make the FLD SD one of the most powerful, durable and dependable vocational options from the Freightliner Trucks product line.

The FLD SD is available with a set-forward front axle for maximum weight distribution for carrying heavy loads or a set-back front axle for greater maneuverability and agility. The vehicle is available as a Day Cab or a SleeperCab with several cab configurations.

Further enhancing Freightliner Trucks vocational offerings is the Condor. Introduced in 2001, the Condor has become a popular choice of refuse companies across North American. Right- or left-hand steering configurations are available for maximum flexibility, as well as an integrated chassis design and clean back-of-cab to accommodate a wide variety of bodies.

The Condor also offers superior maneuverability and visibility on the job. Excellent wheel cut, a set-back front axle and standard dual power-steering gears allow for maximum agility. A 273-degree field-of-vision and huge, two-piece windshield allow for a wide, open view of the work at hand. Outside of the refuse industry, the Condor also can be configured as a concrete pumper.

”Freightliner Trucks is well-known as the industry leader in over-the-road vehicles, but we also hold a strong position in the Class 6-8 vocational vehicle segment,” Lampert added. “We have a broad range of products that are highly successful in vocational applications and will continue to grow our business in key vocational segments while maintaining our leadership in long-haul trucks.”

Lampert added that efforts are also underway at the dealership level to increase sales representatives’ expertise in serving vocational customers through various sales tools and vocational product knowledge training courses.

“Just as Freightliner Trucks does on the highway truck side, we intend to deliver our customers products and services designed to enable efficient business operation,” stated Lampert. “We’re proud of our vocational business and will continue to supply these customers with the most reliable and productive vehicles in the industry, backed by comprehensive support.”

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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