Freightliner Trucks Debuts Extended Cab and Crew Cab Models for New Business Class® M2 Product Line

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.…Freightliner Trucks today introduced Extended Cab and Crew Cab models for its new Business Class® M2 line of medium-duty and vocational trucks. Freightliner Trucks will begin production of the optional Extended Cabs and Crew Cabs in the fourth quarter of 2002. Customers can order the cab options from Freightliner Trucks dealers starting in October, according to Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. The Business Class M2 truck line is built at Freightliner's Mount Holly, N.C., Truck Plant.

"The Extended Cab and Crew Cab are important additions to Freightliner's Business Class M2 line of trucks because of the productivity and efficiency advantages they bring to customers," Lampert said. "These innovative cabs, by their design, also let our customers perform the duties of their jobs with the maximum amount of safety."

Extended Cab Option

Business Class M2 trucks with Extended Cabs feature a 132-inch BBC (bumper to back-of-cab) measurement, 26 inches longer than the standard 106-inch BBC day cab models. The Extended Cab can seat up to four people comfortably and is designed for applications in towing, specialty hauling, emergency rescue and ambulance service, or in other vocations where extra capacity and storage are needed. The extended cab is also ideal for use as a moving van or RV trailer hauler.

The Extended Cab option can be specified with or without rear seats. The two optional rear jump seats face forward and fold up when not in use, for more storage space. In place of rear seats, a 24-inch-wide bunk that meets DOT specifications is available for sleeper applications. The bunk option includes a cab privacy curtain and a 12-inch deep under-bunk storage compartment.

For improved interior lighting and visibility in the bunk area, the Extended Cab has 460 square inches of tinted glass on each side. As an option, the bunk windows can tip out for improved ventilation. The one-piece, 882-square-inch rear window offers unobstructed visibility. It measures 63 inches wide by 14 inches high and features tinted glass.

Crew Cab Option

The Business Class M2 Crew Cab with its 154-inch BBC offers even more passenger room, with seating for up to six occupants, including the driver. Crew Cabs are designed for applications in fire and rescue, various service applications, moving vans and RV hauling.

A variety of seating options are available, including air-suspended or non-suspended seats and bench seats for both the front and the rear of the cab. Both the front and rear doors of the Crew Cab have been redesigned and offer improved entry and exit -- especially important for fire and rescue workers wearing bulky protective gear.

Business Class M2 Roll Out

Over the next year, Freightliner Trucks will introduce a number of Business Class M2 configurations that can be customized to meet a broad range of commercial truck requirements. The Crew Cab and Extended Cab options offer the same Business Class M2 advantages, including superior visibility for enhanced safety, a driver-friendly cab and outstanding maneuverability. The vehicle's enhanced wheel cut of up to 55 degrees provides a tight turning radius and makes the truck very nimble in tight spots and on crowded city streets.

"The Extended Cab and Crew Cab options further enhance the versatility of the Business Class M2 product line,” Lampert said.

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 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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