Freightliner Trucks Rolls Out Business Class® M2 To Customers, Industry

New Medium-Duty and Vocational Truck Line Makes Mid-America Trucking Show Debut



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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY…All this winter and spring, Freightliner Trucks is rolling out the new Business Class® M2 medium-duty and vocational truck line to potential customers and the general public. The vehicle was featured in Freightliner exhibits at The Work Truck Show of the National Truck Equipment Association, March 6-8 in Orlando, Fla., and the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Meeting and Transportation Equipment Exhibition, March 4-5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Today, the new line of Class 5-8 trucks makes its debut at the Mid-America Trucking Show.



“The reception for the new Business Class M2 has been remarkable,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “Customers are very impressed by the truck’s advances in visibility and maneuverability and appreciate its up-to-date appearance.”



Freightliner Trucks unveiled the Business Class M2 to dealers and the trucking industry trade press on Feb. 18-19. A completely new line of Class 5-8 trucks, the Business Class M2 is designed to provide commercial truck operators with unprecedented advantages in productivity and operational efficiency.



Three Business Class M2 trucks are on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show:



*A 106-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) tractor configuration with extended cab; Caterpillar 3126 engine (330 hp); Eaton-Fuller transmission; Meritor 12,000 pound (front) and 23,000 pound (rear) axles; and 23,000 pound Freightliner AirLinerä suspension.



*A 106-inch BBC cab and chassis with Mercedes-Benz MBE900 engine (210 hp); Allison MD3060P automatic transmission; Meritor 12,000 pound (front) and 23,000 pound (rear) axles; and Business Class M2 23,000 pound variable rate, multi-leaf spring suspension with leaf spring helper.



*A 100-inch BBC cab and chassis with Mercedes-Benz MBE900 engine (210 hp); Mercedes-Benz 6-speed manual transmission; Meritor 8,000 pound (front) and 17,500 pound (rear) axles; and Business Class M2 18,000 pound, 60-inch, 2-stage, taper-leaf spring rear suspension with rubber helper.



“The Business Class M2 offers a wide range of component options, including proprietary Mercedes-Benz engines and transmissions, and is customizable to a myriad of commercial truck applications,” Lampert said. The vehicle will work in local and regional distribution, food & beverage delivery, fire and emergency services, fuel oil delivery, utilities, government services, towing & recovery, agriculture and many other applications.



Other key advantages of the Business Class M2 include its driver-friendly cab with roomy interior, rugged construction, outstanding reliability and easy serviceability.



The Business Class M2 first will be available in a 106-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) configuration. Extended cabs and crew cabs will be available in late 2002. A 100-inch BBC model and a 112-inch BBC model will be available in 2003.



In the next few months, Freightliner will be showing the new Business Class M2 to thousands of potential customers at national and regional trade shows, product fairs and events. Customers can visit the Freightliner Trucks Web site at www.freightlinertrucks.com to find out where they can next see the Business Class M2.



Production begins in June at Freightliner’s Mount Holly, N.C., Truck Manufacturing Plant.



“Excitement is building within our company and dealer network, and we think, among potential customers, as we prepare to start producing the Business Class M2,” Lampert said. “This truck is ready to hit the streets and ready to help make truck operators more efficient and more profitable.”



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 DaimlerChrysler company, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.



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