New Factory-Installed Options Available on Freightliner Trucks

Industry-leading products feature safety, efficiency enhancements for Freightliner’s Class 8 line-up

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 27, 2008 – Freightliner Trucks today announced three new factory-installed options with industry-leading products to enhance its Class 8 vehicles – Meritor WABCO Electronic Stability Control; and Eaton VORAD Collision Warning System. These products can be spec’d on the Cascadia™, Coronado®, Columbia® and Century Class® S/T.

Meritor WABCO Electronic Stability Control

Meritor WABCO’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) provides stability assistance similar to that found in automobiles. ESC enhances the stability of the truck in critical driving situations. Freightliner customers already have been able to spec Roll Stability Control (RSC). The new ESC combines our RSC protection with directional stability control.

ESC is seamlessly integrated into the trucks at the factory and requires no activation by the driver. The system acts automatically to sense critical driving events and take appropriate action.

“Freightliner is committed to driver safety, so we always seek the newest and most innovative products and partnerships,” Kellogg said. “The Meritor WABCO ESC is the leading proven safety system.”

The Meritor WABCO ESC option will be available in spring 2008.

Eaton VORAD Collision Warning System

The Eaton VORAD VS-400 Collision Warning system helps drivers identify traffic conditions in advance with in-cab notifications, alerts for slow-moving vehicles, stationary objects, short following distance warnings, and more.

An additional feature is SmartCruise®, which collects data from the collision warning system and helps the truck automatically maintain the appropriate distance from the vehicle in front of it.

The SmartCruise feature maintains a pre-determined distance from the vehicles ahead requiring no input from the driver. Set your cruise speed and the system will adjust based on the speed of vehicles in front. You no longer have to engage and disengage the cruise control in traffic.

The VORAD system will be available to order in spring 2008.

“Each of the new options available for our Class 8 vehicles enhances efficiency and safety. We are proud that we offer the latest, most advanced technologies to our customers,” said Kellogg.

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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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