How efficient can trucks really get? The answer may lie in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program.
I’m writing this issue of the newsletter in absentia, so to speak, as it will be published while I’m away from computers and unable to stay in touch. To be more precise, I’m a week early in posting this so forgive me if giant events occur between now and the 22nd and they’re not covered here. Then again, this report isn’t intended as a news vehicle.
PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has named Roger Nielsen as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DTNA and its affiliate companies Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Cooperation, and Detroit Diesel Corporation effective April 1.
Nielsen will be succeeding Martin Daum, who as of March 1, became Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses.
“Roger Nielsen brings a rock solid product, manufacturing and sales background to this position paired with a razor-sharp focus on technology, quality and customer service. He has an excellent track record as an influential leader in the industry,” said Daum. “Having worked closely with Roger for so many years, I am certain that DTNA, its people and all its brands are in the best hands.”
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Martin Daum will lead Daimler Trucks and Daimler buses as a member of the board of management effective March 1, the company has announced. The appointment is for five years. Daum has been president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America since 2009, overseeing Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis, and Detroit Diesel. Prior to that he was a member of the management team at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe, and vice president – production for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, as well as being responsible for the world’s biggest truck plant in Worth.
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest vehicle recalls include the instrument clusters and turn signals on selected 2016/17 Freightliner Business Class M2, 108SD and 114SD trucks, as well as telescoping aerial devices from Altec Industries.
It wasn’t that long ago that natural gas was considered a fringe fuel for the Class 8 market. But its fortunes seem to have reversed, as it enjoys a significant re-evaluation by the big OEs.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MX – In a year when dealers in Canada and the U.S. face a dramatic downturn in truck sales, Mexico is a world apart. As of November the market for Class 4-8 vehicles was up 18.5%, and Daimler Trucks North America accounted for 36% of it — up 7.8% over last year. But Stefan Kurschner, president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Vehiculos Comerciales Mexico, says there’s room for more.
Freightliner now offers the complete FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit system as a factory-installed option on the Cascadia Evolution
Daimler Trucks North America will start production of the Detroit DD5 engine in the Freightliner M2106 this fall
PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks has announced plans to lay off 600 employees at its Freightliner plant in North Carolina from June 24 through July 1.
Metro Truck Group seems surprisingly reluctant to tell its story. When a meeting is finally scheduled, senior managers spend much of their time explaining that they don’t normally do this sort of thing. The Freightliner dealership group based in Ontario’s Niagara Region rarely participates in interviews. When its Brantford dealership moved into a new building this winter, it even did so without the fanfare of a grand opening. No ribbons were cut. No speeches made. But there is no escaping the spotlight of a reality show.
PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration Truck is the winner of the GOOD DESIGN award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, beating out more than 900 nominees.
The new DD5 and DD8 diesels, to be built in Detroit, will be available in the Freightliner M2 late next year, in other DTNA trucks by 2018