Freightliner Trucks Introduces Business Class M2 112V Heavy-Duty Truck

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Latest Addition to New Truck Line Is Designed for Vocational Applications

PORTLAND, OREGON … Freightliner Trucks has announced the addition of the new Business Class M2 112V to the Class 5-8 Business Class M2 truck line. The new Business Class M2 112V is a Class 8 vehicle engineered specifically for vocational applications such as refuse, mixers, snow plow and utility services.

“The Business Class M2 112V is an important addition to the Business Class M2 product line as it delivers key vocational capabilities for commercial and municipal truck operators,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “The Business Class M2’s predecessor, the Business Class, had a strong presence in vocational truck markets. The M2 112V will uphold that presence by featuring the latest range of options for vocational operators in an efficient and reliable vehicle platform.”

According to Lampert, the new Business Class M2 112V is an ideal vehicle for vocational applications such as utility, construction, refuse, agriculture, and municipal and government services, supporting a wide range of bodies and chassis-mounted equipment while delivering power and performance.

Key standard features of the M2 112V include a front engine power take-off (PTO), a stationary grille and L-section front frame rail extensions. The front engine PTO can be used to power a wide variety of equipment from snow plows to refuse packer bodies to mixer drums and more. The integral front frame extensions provide a solid mounting point for hydraulic pumps, winches, front stabilizers and snow plows.

The frame extensions are offered in 12-, 18- and 24-inch increments, allowing the customer to optimally package the frame extensions and bumper around the body equipment. This system offers 2.5 million inch-pounds of RBM per rail while maintaining a hood line that gives great visibility.

As part of the Business Class M2 product line, the new M2 112V is designed for maximum efficiency and reliability. A wide range of component options are available including factory installed Crew Cab and Extended Cab.

Like the other vehicles in the Business Class M2 product line, the M2 112V features a clean back-of-cab to allow for easy body installation. A multiplexed wiring system with color coded wires, see-through fluid reservoirs and simplified electronics make the M2 112V easy and efficient to maintain.

The M2 112V features an expansive, 2500-square-inch windshield with a sloped hood and low-profile dash for maximum visibility, along with an up-to-50-degree front wheel cut and tight turning radius for superb maneuverability. Every component of the Business Class M2 112V is optimized for maximum performance and efficiency.

The M2 112V comes with either a flat or wing dash.

The Business Class M2 112V offers front axles rated from 12,000 pounds to 23,000 pounds, with rear axles ranging from 23,000 pounds to 58,000 pounds. Freightliner’s proven heavy-duty TufTrac rear suspensions with ratings of 40,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds and 52,000 pounds and Freightliner’s smooth-riding AirLiner suspensions with ratings of 40,000 pounds and 46,000 pounds are offered as options. Additionally, a variety of Hendrickson air and walking beam suspensions are available.

Standard on the Business Class M2 112V is the 12.8-liter Mercedes-Benz MBE4000 engine, providing 350 horsepower and 1350 foot-pounds of torque. Higher torque and horsepower ratings are available. A broad range of engine and transmission options include Caterpillar C11 and C13 engines as well as a variety of Allison automatic transmissions and Eaton-Fuller manual transmissions. Also standard on the M2 112V is a 1200-square-inch radiator.

“The Business Class M2 112V delivers outstanding performance for vocational applications,” Lampert said. “This is the ideal vehicle for operators whose top priority is efficiency, performance and improving the bottom line.”

Production of the Business Class M2 112V will begin in the second quarter of 2004. The vehicles will be built at the Mount Holly, North Carolina, Freightliner Trucks manufacturing plant.

First introduced in February 2002, the Business Class M2 product line succeeds Freightliner’s highly successful Business Class product line, introduced in 1991. The Business Class M2 112V now joins the Business Class M2 112, 106 and 100 BBC models to further strengthen the vocational capabilities of the truck line.

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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