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Freightliner, LLC is a truck tractor manufacturer. The company is owned by DaimlerChrysler. The company is known mainly for the heavy duty class 8 diesel trucks that it produces, as well as class 5-7 trucks. Image File history File links Freightliner logo, claiming fair use File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... semi-trailer truck with sleeper behind the cab. ... DaimlerChrysler AG (Xetra: DCX), (NYSE: DCX), has its headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany and is a prominent automobile and truck manufacturer. ...

In the 1950's, Consolidated Freightways decided to produce their own truck line after finding that most existing heavy trucks did not have sufficient power to climb the steep grades found in the mountain regions of the western United States. The truck line eventually became known as Freightliner.

Freightliner's current main brands in the class 8 are the Columbia, the Century S/T, the Coronado and Classic, and Classic XL. Their current class 6/7 truck is the M2. Freightliner also produces the popular Sprinter delivery van and the Unimog utility vehicle. Freightliner trucks, in particular the Classics, are well known for having a much longer wheelbase and correspondingly larger turning radius than other cargo-hauling trucks, often creating issues regarding tight corners (such as street corners with a pole near the road that the trailer can hit) or difficulty backing in to tight spots (as semi-trucks require a large space for movement, and the longer wheelbases increase this need). The Sprinter is a tall delivery van built by DaimlerChrysler and sold under its Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, and Freightliner brands. ... Van can mean: Van, a road vehicle. ... Unimog The Unimog (from the German UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät, meaning universal motor machine/equipment) is a series of trucks from Daimler-Benz designed shortly after WWII, originally to be used as slow-moving tractors for Germanys turnip harvest. ...

Subsidiary Brands

A 1998 spinoff from Freightliner, Sterling Trucks, handles production of the company's vocational trucks, while Freightliner focuses on hauling. Sterling Trucks is a manufacturer of heavy duty trucks. ...

The Western Star brand of heavy duty class 8 trucks are produced by the Freightliner group, and sold throught North America. Western Star is a manufacturer of large commercial trucks. ... It has been suggested that Northern America be merged into this article or section. ...

Freightliner purchased the firetruck company American LaFrance, and continues to produce pumper and ladder bodies on their M2 and the Sterling Acterra chassis.

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Members and holdings of DaimlerChrysler AG :
Mercedes Car Group: Global Electric Microcars (GEM) | Maybach | Mercedes-Benz | smart
Chrysler Group: Chrysler Corporation | Dodge | Jeep | Plymouth (discontinued in 2001)
Commercial Vehicle Brands: Freightliner | Mercedes-Benz | Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation | Setra | Sterling Trucks | Western Star
Holdings: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation | European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) | Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation | Freightliner, LLC | Hyundai Motor Company
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Our History – Freightliner LLC (549 words)
Freightliner LLC was built on a concept as relevant today as it was when the company was founded more than 60 years ago: Build a better vehicle.
When he approached truck manufacturers with his idea of building truck components with lightweight aluminum instead of steel, he was met with resistance and skepticism.
As Freightliner LLC moves through its seventh decade in business, it remains committed to the values on which it was founded: innovation, quality and an unwavering dedication to meeting customers' needs.
Freightliner LLC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1742 words)
The company is known mainly for the heavy duty class 8 diesel trucks that it produces, as well as class 5-7 trucks.
As of 2005 Freightliner is the largest manufacturer of heavy duty trucks in North America with annual earnings of over $17 billion (2005 est.) and over 22,000 employees (including Detroit Diesel).
Today, that truck is in the Smithsonian collection in Washington, D.C. Lacking distribution capability, and seeking higher volume to reduce production costs, CF entered into an agreement to sell their trucks through the White Motor Company, of Cleveland, OH, and their dealer network in the U.S. and Canada.
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