Freightliner Trucks Offers Disc Brakes on Entire Product Line

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY…Freightliner Trucks announced today the availability of the latest in disc brake technology as an option for all Class 8 truck models in the product line, as well as the medium-duty and vocational Business Class® M2 models. The latest Bendix/Spicer® air disc brakes offer several performance advantages including improved brake pedal feel and reduced brake fade. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

“Freightliner Trucks was the pioneer in the industry by being the first to offer disc brake technology back in the seventies,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “The brake technology has come a long way since then and it continues to be an important component offering for Freightliner Trucks.”

Brake fade, a phenomenon of decreasing performance from heat build-up in drum brakes, is minimized with the latest Bendix/Spicer disc brake technology. Brake fade reductions are seen during prolonged brake applications with disc brakes. This is advantageous for braking on steep and long downhill slopes. These disc brakes also feature a simpler design, allowing for fast and easy servicing.

Freightliner Trucks vehicles must be equipped with proprietary front axles to receive the disc brake option. These brakes can be specified for 24.5-inch tires.

Lampert stated, “Operators like the braking capabilities of disc brakes. Braking feels smooth and responsive with minimal hesitation.”

“Looking towards the future, new brake standards are expected in the next several years,” Lampert added. “Disc brakes will continue to be one of the braking alternatives and we will continue offering our customers options that suit their needs and specific applications.”

The Bendix/Spicer air disc brakes are now available on the all Freightliner Trucks heavy-duty vehicles including the Coronado®, Century Class® S/T, Columbia®, Classic XL, Classic, FLD SD, Argosy® and Condor®, as well as the entire Business Class M2 product 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 LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a company of DaimlerChrysler

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