ST. LOUIS – Freightliner Trucks today showcased the new improvements made to the Business Class® M2 106V at the Work Truck Show. The Business Class M2 106V boasts updated features that enhance performance and efficiency while also accommodating the new 2010 emissions requirements.
The versatile Business Class M2 106V is ideal for medium and heavy-duty vocational applications requiring a front engine PTO and front frame extensions, such as refuse collection, snow plowing, crane and utility operations and fire/emergency needs.
“With the enhancements we’ve made to the Business Class M2 106V, we have the next generation of one of our most versatile vocational trucks,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “We’ve further extended the options for our vocational customers while meeting the stringent 2010 emissions standards.”
Designed for Power, Performance
With standard features such as multiplex wiring and front frame rail extensions, the Business Class M2 106V is already engineered for maximum customization and performance. New features including a larger radiator, new hood and improved headlight system further enhance the truck’s versatility and performance.
“We took a close look at what our customers want in a heavy-duty vocational truck, and made the right enhancements to accommodate their needs,” said Clausen.
Specific highlights include:
Larger radiator capacity. The Business Class M2 106V’s new 1,200 square-inch radiator can accommodate up to 380hp with automatic transmission and up to 80,000 pounds GVW. The radiator is mounted to the engine and sits above the top of the frame, allowing for optimal cooling and reliability. This also allows the front engine PTO shaft to run below the radiator.
Improved headlight system. The composite headlights feature complex reflectors with halogen bulbs. The bulbs are easy to replace and available at auto and truck supply stores. An upgrade over previous sealed beam headlights, this system provides superior lighting performance.
Blend-Air Engine Air Intake system. The truck’s new Blend-Air intake system pulls air from under and outside the hood, which helps the stream of air when snow and debris may otherwise constrict airflow.
Front frame rail extensions. Front frame rail extensions are integral rather than bolted on, allowing for a constant resistance bending moment (RBM) from the front of the frame extension to the end of the rail. The straight front frame rail extensions are standard, and available in 6-inch and 24-inch lengths, providing a solid mounting point for hydraulic pumps, winches, front stabilizers and snowplows.
Run Smart, Look Smart
Stylish updates make the updated product one that can out-perform the competition, and looks good doing so. The truck features a lightweight and durable aluminum cab that is strong and non-corrosive. Plus a new fiberglass hood with re-styled front fenders complete the truck’s appealing, contemporary look.
“The Business Class M2 106V blends style and function to the benefit of the driver,” said Clausen. “Special attention was paid to the cab design to decrease driver fatigue and increase productivity.”
Low step-in heights with slip resistant dual steps, large door openings with strategically placed exterior and interior grab handles, and flexible seating options come standard with the Business Class M2 106V. A 2,500 sq inch windshield provides excellent visibility for spotting potential hazards.
Allison Optimized Packages can also be spec’d for the Business Class M2 106V. Exclusive to Freightliner chassis for specific vocational applications, Allison Optimized Packages offer a holistic approach to configuring a vehicle’s driveline to deliver performance, durability, fuel efficiency and protection.
“Our vocational customers demand solutions that provide it all – power, performance, durability and efficiency,” said Clausen. “The changes we’ve made to the M2 106V will help our customers to run smart every step of the way.”
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.