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Fontaine’s roll-up door for Freightliner M2

August 12, 2019 by John Smith

Fontaine Modification is improving the access to Freightliner M2 trucks, making it easier for users like tow truck operators and firefighters to reach tools and equipment.

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Daimler delivers automation, leaves truck drivers in control

February 16, 2019 by John Smith

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It can be a little disconcerting to watch a steering wheel move back and forth on its own, but there it is. One of the latest new Cascadias to roll off Freightliner’s assembly line nudges left and right to keep within tracked lane markings, even when hands are off the wheel for a few seconds. Welcome to Level 2 automation.

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Daimler ‘effectively sold out’ for 2019: Howard

February 15, 2019 by John Smith

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Daimler Trucks North America says it is effectively “sold out” for 2019, as it begins production of a significantly refreshed new Cascadia.

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Freightliner unveils newer new Cascadia

January 9, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freightliner has sold 65,000 new Cascadias and booked 50,000 additional orders since first introducing its signature truck in 2017. Now that new Cascadia is about to become even newer thanks to a broad series of upgrades. Picture a truck that, in selected cases, will even act on its own.

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Welcome to the Year of the Electric Truck

December 20, 2018 by John Smith

CARSON, Calif. – Penske Truck Leasing has accepted keys to Freightliners before, but today’s ceremonial handoff of an electric Freightliner eM2 kicks off what can safely be described as the Year of the Electric Truck.

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The rules of the game are changing in Mexico

November 30, 2018 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Daimler has 8,000 Daimler employees in Mexico, and now their work will be guided by a new series of rules. But a new USMCA trade deal is only one of them.

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Be specific when spec’ing medium-duty trucks

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Determining how to build a commercial vehicle is always a challenge, but medium-duty trucks add unique layers to the decisions. The equipment is often asked to do more than carry cargo, after all. Think of these trucks […]

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Deep Trouble: Repairing trucks and trailers after a flood

June 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. —  Water isn’t kind to electronics or brakes or air systems or engines. The last thing short of a fire you could want to happen to your truck is to have it submerged in flood. Actually, a fire might be preferable — the damage is obvious, and you’ll get less argument from the insurance company about replacing it.

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Freightliner topped Class 8 sales in February

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The surging demand for highway tractors continues to push up projections for North American truck sales this year. According to Canadian retail figures from WardsAuto, Freightliner led the way in February’s Class 8 sales, with 521 units, […]

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EconicSD comes to North Am waste market

May 3, 2018 by John Smith

Freightliner has unveiled the EconicSD waste collection truck to North America in a bid to secure a share of the 2,400 to 2,600 trucks sold in its category per year. Available in 6×4, high-cab and low-cab, and rear- and side-loader configurations, the low-entry COE features panoramic windows and an optional pneumatic bi-fold door on the passenger’s side.

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EconicSD enters the waste race

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freightliner has unveiled the EconicSD waste collection truck to North America in a bid to secure a share of the 2,400 to 2,600 trucks sold in its category per year. Available in 6×4, high-cab and low-cab, and rear- and side-loader configurations, the low-entry COE features panoramic windows and an optional pneumatic bi-fold door on the passenger’s side. The vehicle will even kneel like a transit bus to ease access in and out of the cab.

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Lippert sheets have sleepers in mind

April 9, 2018 by John Smith

Lippert Components has introduced a line of adjustable sheet sets designed to fit the wider, longer mattresses commonly found in Class 8 sleepers. The somnum adjustable twin XL sheets are made of a soft brushed microfiber, but the fitted sheet […]

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Minimizer mats for all Cascadias

April 3, 2018 by John Smith

Minimizer now offers custom-molded floor mats for the new Freightliner Cascadia 116 and 126. The two truck models feature a different interior than their 113 and 125 counterparts, necessitating floor mats for the newer designs, Minimizer says. The company now […]

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It’s almost time for Truck World

March 12, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, Ont. – Preparations are ramping up as Canada’s largest truck show – Truck World – heads to the International Centre in Toronto, running April 19-21. Produced by Newcom Media (owner of Today’s Trucking) and Deutsche Messe …

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Canadian truck sales were strong in ’17

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — North America’s Class 8 truck sales closed out 2017 on a three-year high, thanks largely to tighter capacity in the freight market south of the border. Here in Canada, Freightliner dominated Class 8 sales for the year, […]