Freightliner Trucks is Recognized as a Finalist by the Truck Writers of North America for its Rack and Pinion Steering System

PORTLAND, Ore. – Freightliner Trucks was recognized by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) in its annual competition for its state-of-the-art rack and pinion steering system. Freightliner Trucks is the world’s first heavy-duty truck manufacturer to offer rack and pinion steering, which provides more accurate and responsive steering. Freightliner was among just six finalists chosen by TWNA.

The selection was made by five truck journalists working from nominations submitted by TWNA members. The criteria for the award include product innovation; the product must have been commercially available within the calendar year; and it had advanced the art of trucking in a significant manner.

“We are pleased the Truck Writers of North America recognized our rack and pinion steering system as one of the best technological achievements in 2006,” said Jonathan Randall, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Freightliner is dedicated to providing our customers with the most efficient products on the road. Our rack and pinion steering is just one such example.”

The rack and pinion steering system is available as an option on the Freightliner Century Class® S/T™, Coronado®, Classic™ and Classic XL™ Class 8 models. The rack and pinion steering system offers a number of significant benefits to customers. The system is 45 pounds lighter than integral gear systems, allowing for greater payloads. It also offers more accurately controlled wheel direction because it has fewer parts and pivot points. All of this contributes to better driver comfort and control and less fatigue.

The bump steer is eliminated and roll steer significantly reduced with rack and pinion steering, Randall said. Wandering is reduced significantly as well, so the truck remains straight along the highway. There also are maintenance benefits as rack and pinion steering systems have fewer parts and operates on less system pressure, leading to enhanced reliability and durability.

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 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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