DTNA Unveils Plus Series for Classes 6-8 Freightliner Models

DTNA Unveils Plus Collection for Courses 6-8 Freightliner Fashions

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Daimler Truck North America launched the Plus Collection line of its Courses 6-8 Freightliner M2 and SD fashions, which the corporate stated function main updates to the vehicles’ inside and electrical programs.

Amongst key options of the Plus Collection vehicles are new security and connectivity programs, fingertip-accessible transmission controls, a brand new digital display screen, up to date engines selections and a digital technician system if assist is required.

The Plus sequence replaces the vehicles’ legacy merchandise, DTNA executives stated throughout a media preview in late July on the American Middle for Mobility check observe in Ypsilanti, Mich. The information was embargoed till Sept. 13.

“The Plus sequence gives Freightliner prospects the identical dependable workhorses they’ve counted on so as to add {dollars} to their backside line for years, now full of extra options to additional profit their operators and enhance productiveness much more,” David Carson, DTNA senior vice chairman of gross sales and advertising and marketing, stated in a launch.

“We actually centered on placement {of electrical} system elements to cut back situations of downtime,” Greg Treinen, product advertising and marketing supervisor for heavy vocational, stated in the course of the occasion.

That included the ability distribution module. “We relocated it off the fender so it’s much less liable to the street vibrations,” he stated.

Treinen famous that buyer suggestions compelled the corporate to pay explicit consideration to the inside. Throughout a walk-around tour of the M2, he famous that buyer enter led to the relocation of a speaker from the door to the sprint to enhance sound high quality. As well as, a extra sturdy plastic was used on the door panel and sprint to cut back squeaks and rattles, particularly throughout off-road use.

For entry into the truck, a extra sturdy map pocket doubles as a further seize deal with, and an non-compulsory kick plate could be put in so occupants can scrape off mud and dirt from sneakers. There’s extra inside insulation, too.

Freightliner additionally relocated electrical lock buttons to the door from the B panel, mimicking the acquainted placement present in passenger automobiles.

The corporate additionally touted the excellent suite of security and connectivity programs now accessible throughout Freightliner’s total vocational and medium-duty truck lineup. Normal chosen security options within the Plus Collection embody lively brake help and lane departure warning, and non-compulsory facet guard help permits for elevated security on the street or job web site.

With the brand new electrical structure, Plus Collection vehicles could be outfitted with the Detroit Assurance 5.0 suite of security programs. The complete suite is offered when the truck is spec’d with Detroit engine fashions. For the primary time, sure Detroit Assurance options now can be found with a Cummins engine. Clients deciding on the mix of a Detroit engine and DT12 transmission even have entry to the security programs.

It’s one other indication of the 2 firms working collectively.

In February 2021, Daimler Truck, DTNA’s father or mother, and Cummins introduced Cummins will set up an engine plant on the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Mannheim, Germany, to provide medium-duty engines compliant with the Euro VII emission customary starting within the second half of the last decade. Daimler’s present medium-duty diesel engine technology will finish with the beginning of manufacturing of the Cummins engines at Mannheim.

That change additionally reaches to Portland, Ore.-based DTNA.

In response to DTNA, its North American medium-duty automobiles will shift completely to Cummins engines alongside the identical schedule within the second half of the last decade.

“The Cummins engine is a big deal,” Treinen stated in Michigan, “particularly on this market that makes use of the L9 engine.”

Heavy-duty engines will stay in Daimler’s portfolio and proceed to be manufactured in Mannheim and Detroit.

For the primary six months of 2022, DTNA led in Class 7 and Class 6 gross sales with, respectively, 11,076 and 12,438, and in Class 8 gross sales with 42,369, in line with Wards Intelligence.

DTNA in 2021 led in Class 7 gross sales with 20,451 and was second in Class 6 with 18,733, trailing Ford Motor Co.’s gross sales of 19,955. In Class 8, DTNA posted a number one 83,616 gross sales, in line with Wards.

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