Freightliner Trucks To Ramp Up Coronado Production In June

New Class 8 Truck Designed for Discriminating Independent Truckers



PORTLAND, OREGON…Freightliner Trucks will ramp up production of the Coronado heavy-duty truck model in June. A unique blend of traditional styling and engineering innovation, the Coronado is Freightliner’s new flagship truck for discriminating owner-operator truckers.



“We believe the Coronado marks the beginning of a new era for traditionally-styled heavy-duty trucks,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “This truck’s combination of sought-after styling with advancements in comfort, ride, handling, fuel efficiency, productivity, uptime and safety is unique in the North American trucking industry.”



Demand for the 132-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of cab) long conventional truck has been impressive, Lampert indicated. The Coronado will be built at Freightliner’s Portland, Ore., truck plant.



Distinctive Styling

Coronado boasts a distinctive look that combines retro and contemporary styling impulses. The truck’s long hood, set-forward front axle, dual cab-mounted stacks and bolt-on fenders attest to its traditional roots. Running boards incorporate polished aluminum fuel tanks, while teardrop-shaped marker lights run across the top of the cab and along the sides of the cab and sleeper.



In an elegant styling touch, the grille bars match the bars on the chrome air intakes as well as the vented front bumper, and the marker lights on the cab and chassis match the lights on the chrome sun visor. The sculpted Coronado hood ornament accents the grille. Polished aluminum wheels are standard.



Premium Interior

Inside the Coronado, Freightliner’s Chaparral interior package is standard. A premium package of interior fabrics and coverings, the Chaparral package features padded cloth or vinyl upholstery on the seats, plus a rugged “distressed leather” cloth on the walls, headliner and door panel. Adding to the rich look are Oregon Burlwood grain accents on the dashboard, doors, overhead consoles and modular cabinetry in the sleeper.



A spacious driver compartment provides plenty of head, leg and elbow room while a handsome, wrap-around dash gives quick and easy access to instrumentation and controls. Modular cabinets are highly customizable and are located for easy access. A cab overhead storage area with wood grain trim and lockable doors provides additional storage space.



Coronado is available with one of the industry’s most spacious sleepers -- the 70-Inch Raised Roof SleeperCab -- as well as the 70-Inch Mid-Roof XT (Extra Tall) SleeperCab. Freightliner also offers a Coronado Day Cab for bulk and regional haulers.



Smooth & Quiet Ride

For superior ride and handling, the truck is engineered with Freightliner’s AirLinerä rear suspension. Also standard is a unique leaf-and-a-half front spring suspension that enhances ride quality. A front AirLiner suspension is optional. The Coronado also provides maximum maneuverability with a 50-degree wheel cut, uncommon in most long-nose conventionals.



The Coronado offers a quiet interior, due to a substantial noise abatement package. Insulation has been added in the hood, doors, cab floor, sleeper wall, bunk floor, storage bins and other critical areas.



Freightliner’s proprietary EzyRider™ seat comes standard. Taller and wider than Freightliner’s previous standard truck seat and featuring an advanced suspension, EzyRider is designed for maximum comfort, adjustability and performance.



Another feature contributing to interior comfort is an advanced HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system. The new system eliminates binding cables and replaces them with automotive-style electronic controls for precise, constant temperature control. The HVAC is a blend-air system in which the temperature is controlled by mixing cold and warm air – previously, the temperature was controlled by regulating the coolant flow. These technological advances result in increased personal comfort and in better overall system performance.



Coronado also offers an optional, factory-installed AC power inverter, which converts the truck batteries’ direct current to AC power for sleeper appliances. With the AC power inverter, owner-operators can use televisions, VCRs, stereos, microwave ovens, coffee makers and other sleeper appliances with greater convenience.



Engines to 600 hp

A selection of powerful Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar engines to 600 hp is available. The 500-hp Detroit Diesel DDC Series 60 is standard as is a 1,500-square-inch radiator. For improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, the sloped, curved windshield allows for optimal air flow over the cab.



Easy to Maintain

Coronado is fitted with low or no-maintenance components like long stroke brake chambers, a self-adjusting clutch, durable coolant hoses and front and rear aluminum hubs with pre-set bearings and oil seals.



When service is necessary, Coronado is easy to maintain with see-through fluid reservoirs and easily accessible fluid fills. A dash-accessible power distribution module provides fast and easy access to fuses. Headlights are off-the-shelf bulbs that can be replaced without tools.



Safety Features

Like all Freightliner trucks, the Coronado is designed for highway and operator safety. A large windshield gives greater visibility of the road and other vehicles. In the event of an accident, an optional driver’s side airbag provides added protection. In addition, the Coronado SleeperCab meets or exceeds the stringent European ECE R-29 and Swedish crashworthiness test standards.



Support

Owners will be supported by the Freightliner Trucks network of North American dealers, many with 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week service hours; the Freightliner Customer Assistance Center, a 24-hour-a-day, in-house call center; and Freightliner ServicePoint locations at TravelCenters of America locations. Coronado owners also are eligible for Security Connectionâ, Freightliner's exclusive owner-operator program.



“The Coronado is another example of Freightliner’s commitment to North America’s owner-operators,” Lampert said. “The successful independent trucker deserves a distinctive truck that doesn’t sacrifice style, performance, comfort, efficiency or anything else. The Coronado makes no such compromises.”



Lampert added that Freightliner will continue to produce the Classic and Classic XL heavy-duty trucks, which remain very popular among independent truckers.



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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