Freightliner Trucks Showcases Evolutionary Products at Mid-America Trucking Show

Contact: david.giroux@daimler.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 20, 2013 – Freightliner Trucks will showcase its evolutionary products that contribute to lowering the total cost of ownership at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS). The booth will feature an interactive display that includes the innovative 2014 Freightliner Cascadia® Evolution equipped with the enhanced Detroit™ DD15® engine.

The focal point of the Freightliner booth will be a full-scale replica of its proprietary, state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The only OEM-owned and operated wind tunnel in North America, Freightliner engineers use the wind tunnel to test and refine product innovations, including the Cascadia Evolution. Show attendees will have the opportunity to experience a simulation of how the wind tunnel works through visual and sensory cues.

“Freightliner Trucks leads the industry in developing innovative products that result in enhanced performance, best-in-class fuel efficiency and increased uptime,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Our booth at MATS will showcase all of the elements that seamlessly work together to benefit our customers and their bottom lines.”

The Freightliner Trucks booth (#30125) will also have special events, giveaways and appearances, including:

*Robb Mariani, star of the hit SPEED original series American Trucker, will serve as the booth emcee and will be available for autographs and meet-and-greets. Please check the Freightliner Trucks booth for Robb’s schedule.

*National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Jack Beckman will showcase his 2012 NHRA funny car, which won the 2012 championship. Legendary drivers John Force and Matt Hagen will also be available for autographs and meet-and-greets.

    -John Force (John Force Racing)

     Thursday, March 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    -Jack Beckman/Matt Hagen (Don Schumacher Racing)

     Friday, March 22, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Freightliner Trucks is a proud sponsor of Don Schumacher Racing Corp. and John Force Racing, Inc.

*Record-holding stunt driver Mike Ryan will make a special guest appearance on Saturday, March 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mike’s world-record holding Cascadia Evolution Pikes Peak Hill Climb truck will be on display outside the main convention center entry.

*Appearances from the new Team Run Smart pros and a dedicated kiosk for interested MATS attendees to sign up for the program.

*A gaming station featuring the new mobile racing game, “Freightliner Hauler Challenge: Journey to Homestead,” will be available to put MATS attendees’ driving skills to the test.

*A special Cascadia cut-away cab will be available to allow attendees to test out the new FIT System in-cab resistance band exercise system.

Stop by the booth at any time during MATS for more information on the latest technology and product offerings from Freightliner Trucks.

For more information about Freightliner Trucks, go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.

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.

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