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Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.

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Electric Dreams: Are engineers dreaming of electric sheep?

October 17, 2017 by John Smith

Elon Musk’s dream of an electric semi has yet to become a reality. A rollout that was first expected to take place in September has been pushed back to November, while Tesla looks to address production delays with its Model 3 cars.

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Daimler unveils options, apps

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Daimler Trucks North America unveiled an array of truck options, apps and upgrades during the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Daimler unveils options, apps

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Daimler Trucks North America unveiled an array of truck options, apps and upgrades during the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Cascadia gets mid-roof cab

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Freightliner has expanded the lineup for its New Cascadia, with a mid-roof cab that targets overnight regional haulers as well as bulk haulers and flatbed operations.

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Bosch envisions digital, electric future

September 27, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Imagine trucks without mirrors or internal combustion engines, relying instead on video monitors and electric power. It’s exactly what Bosch engineers are helping to develop.

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First electric eCanters deliver this year

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Fuso will deliver the first of its eCanter cabovers this year, passing a key milestone for the world’s first series-produced Class 4 electric work truck. Models will arrive in the U.S., Germany and Japan.

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Daimler testing platooning in U.S.

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Daimler Trucks North America is testing platooning systems on test tracks and select highways, further exploring technologies to enhance fuel economy. Tightly spaced pairs of trucks are now running in controlled trips along Oregon and Nevada highways. […]

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Daimler donates to help Harvey victims

August 31, 2017 by elizabeth

HOUSTON, TX – Daimler AG has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The German automaker and its United States-based subsidiaries, including Daimler Trucks North America, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz US International, and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, announced the donation to help those caught-up in the catastrophic storm, today

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Daimler names communication, marketing heads

August 14, 2017 by John Smith

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America has named two executives who will oversee channel marketing and corporate communications.

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Headlights Again: Now digital

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

A few months ago I wrote a couple of times about headlights, complaining that the standard lamps offered in most vehicles — from cars to heavy trucks — are insufficient. Meaning, it’s too easy to over-drive your lights at what are pretty ordinary speeds nowadays. The light just isn’t thrown far enough down the road, reducing the ability of a driver to see far enough ahead to avoid an obstruction and maybe a catastrophic accident.

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Daimler “prints” first metal truck part

August 4, 2017 by John Smith

STUTTGART, GERMANY – Engineers working for Daimler’s European truck brand, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, have successfully used a 3D printer to create a metal thermostat cover – proving a process that could reshape the way spare metal parts are produced and distributed.
With the potential of decentralizing production, 3D printing could improve parts availability, shorten delivery times, and reduce warehousing and distribution costs, the company notes. Daimler’s brands in North America include Freightliner and Western Star.
“With the introduction of 3D metal printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reasserting its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers,” said Andreas Deuschle, head of marketing and operations – customer services and parts with Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “We ensure the same functionality, reliability, durability and cost-effectiveness with 3D metal parts as we do with conventionally produced parts.”

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Daimler, WABCO sign AMT deal

June 26, 2017 by John Smith

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Daimler Trucks has extended a supply agreement with WABCO for heavy-duty Automated Manual Transmission controls in North America, Europe, Japan and South America. Domestically, that affects Freightliner and Western Star brands.

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Daimler unveils new proving grounds

May 19, 2017 by John Smith

MADRAS, OR – Daimler Trucks North America has officially opened its High Desert Proving Grounds, representing a US$18.7-million investment that will put the company’s trucks through their paces – including connected, platooning and autonomous vehicles of the future.

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Making Dust in a Western Star

May 3, 2017 by John Smith

So I had some fun last week in Arizona with a few of Western Star’s latest trucks and the continuation of the company’s anniversary celebrations. They refer to it as ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Legendary Awesomeness’. No hyperbole there.