Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates a Century of Innovation

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is set to celebrate a century of innovation with anniversaries of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star and Thomas Built Bus brands.  

Throughout 2017 DTNA will celebrate its legacy of delivering uncompromising quality, value and durability for more than one hundred years.  With advanced engineering solutions—like Detroit™ engines, best-in-class safety systems, fuel economy and low-cost maintenance and service, DTNA is positioned to continue providing innovative solutions to its customers for the next one hundred years and beyond.

This year, Freightliner Trucks celebrates 75 years of innovation while Western Star Trucks hits 50 years of rugged performance, Thomas Built Bus enjoys 100 years of business and Detroit reaches a milestone of offering industry-leading engines for almost 80 years. 

From the 1942 debut of the Freightliner Model 600 “Shovelnose,” the industry’s first all-aluminum cab, to the 2017 launch of the new Cascadia, which fully integrates technology and safety systems, Freightliner Trucks has been at the center of industry innovation for 75 years. Along the way Freightliner has pushed the boundaries of fuel efficiency with the SuperTruck program and revolutionized commercial vehicle technology and safety systems with the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the first licensed autonomous truck to operate on a North American highway. 

Western Star Trucks can trace its roots back 50 years to Canadian mining and logging operations. With the recent launch of the 5700XE and the innovative 6900 Multi-Body Transformer (MBT), Western Star enters its anniversary year with strong momentum. 

Known for its innovative and rugged cab design and unrivaled handmade quality, Western Star blends the toughness needed to withstand rough logging roads with the efficiency required for a long-haul, over the road applications, all while maintaining its reputation for ultra-tough trucks.

In 2016 Thomas Built Bus celebrated 100 years of business.  Beginning in 1916 as a street car manufacturer and transitioning to school buses in 1936, founder Perley A. Thomas and company have been at the forefront of innovation for more than 100 years.  Thomas Built manufactures all of its product offerings at several High Point, North Carolina facilities, including its most popular Saf-T-Liner C2 conventional school bus.

Thomas Built continues to innovate in both design and manufacturing.  In 2011 Thomas Built became and remains the only school bus manufacturer to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill operations - a true testament to its already robust environmental efforts.  Thomas Built offers alternative fuel options such as compressed natural gas and propane.

Additionally, for nearly the last 80 years Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) has been providing industry leading engines, to the commercial vehicle industry. Since Daimler’s acquisition of DDC in 2000, they expanded to include axles, transmissions, active safety systems and connected vehicle services for the commercial transportation industry. The Detroit brand is at the core of DTNA vehicle’s industry-leading products and innovations in efficiency, durability, connectivity and safety. The optimization of the Integration Detroit Powertrain in the new Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 5700XE continues to set new benchmarks in fuel economy. 

“I am very proud of our company’s rich history,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. “We have a portfolio of brands that, while very different, share a strong legacy of innovation. Over the past century we’ve grown into North America’s undisputed market leader, and as we celebrate our past, we’re looking forward to a future that pushes the boundaries of innovation.”

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

New Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program Keeps Fleet and Commercial Customers on the Road

DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford, the commercial vehicle leader for 31 straight years, introduces its Commercial Vehicle Center program to provide fleet and commercial customers nationwide with outstanding sales, service and financing at the dealership level.

The network includes more than 650 Ford dealers committed to offering commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need. The Commercial Vehicle Center program replaces the groundbreaking Ford Business Preferred Network of commercial dealers. 

“Nearly 30 years ago, Ford established its first program to improve the purchase experience for our commercial vehicle customers,” said John Ruppert, Ford general manager, commercial vehicle sales and marketing. “Now we are introducing the next chapter in our commercial vehicle story, not only by rebranding the program, but by further expanding a number of program elements to improve the overall customer experience.”

To maximize customer vehicle uptime, Commercial Vehicle Center dealer service departments are open at least 55 hours per week, and new stocking programs improve parts availability. 

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Ford’s new Commercial Advantage Rewards loyalty program lets customers earn a range of factory benefits that can be redeemed at any Commercial Vehicle Center location. Dealers can offer their own rewards through the program as well.

All Commercial Vehicle Center dealer employees are cross-trained by the factory to provide customers with knowledgeable, trustworthy support – from sales to finance to service. 

Ford has the broadest line of commercial vehicles available – from Transit Connect compact vans to full-size Transit cargo vans, from F-150 pickups through Super Duty chassis cabs, all the way up to F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks. Commercial Vehicle Center dealers offer the best selection of in-stock Ford commercial vehicles, and a range of financing options and incentives.

“Our goal is to make Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealers the trusted choice for commercial customers by providing an easy, effortless customer experience through a comprehensive, industry-leading commercial dealer network program,” said Ruppert.

For more information, or to locate a local Ford Commercial Vehicle Center, visit fordcommercialvehiclecenter.com.

IC Bus Recognizes 2016 Diamond Dealer Awards

LISLE, Ill. – IC Bus today announced the four winners of the 2016 Diamond Premier Dealer award and the 11 winners of the 2016 Diamond Dealer award. IC Bus partners with dealers throughout the United States and Canada and the award recipients have proven to be the best in their class for their efforts to improve sales and grow market share.