Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) marked the production of its 3,000,000th vehicle in North America, commemorated by the delivery of a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to representatives from Schneider at DTNA’s manufacturing facility in Cleveland, North Carolina.
“Daimler Trucks North America is committed to pacing the industry in terms of engineering and manufacturing excellence, as well as production of vehicles that provide a real total cost of ownership solution for our customers,” said Roger Nielsen, chief operating officer, Daimler Trucks North America. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication to excellence by Daimler Trucks North America’s employees past, present and future.”
The 3,000,000th vehicle is the first Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to be equipped with the new 6x2 Detroit integrated Powertrain package. Featuring the Detroit DD15 engine, Detroit DT12 transmission and Detroit axles, the integrated powertrain provides state-of-the-art component communication to achieve the highest level of performance. The new Detroit integrated powertrain will be available in full production in the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution in January.
“The Detroit integrated Powertrain exemplifies the pioneering, innovative spirit that has propelled Freightliner to undisputed market leadership in the commercial vehicle industry in North America,” said Richard Shearing, vice president of national accounts for Daimler Trucks North America. “We are the only OEM that designs, engineers and manufacturers a completely integrated powertrain and we are pleased to debut the new Detroit integrated powertrain in our 3,000,000th vehicle.”
Schneider, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, took possession of the landmark truck.
“A milestone like the one Daimler is celebrating today is no small feat,” said Rob Reich, senior vice president at Schneider. “We have owned more than 25,000 Freightliner trucks over the years and are honored to have the company’s 3-millionth truck join our fleet. Thank you, and congratulations on continuing to improve a great product.”
With over 50,000 orders since its start of production in 2013, the Cascadia Evolution builds on the technologies of our previous on-highway truck models—engine efficiency, advanced aerodynamics, fleet management tools—to deliver up to a 7 percent increase in fuel economy over its 2010 EPA-compliant predecessor.