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Archive for July, 2015

When is it Time to Buy a New Freightliner Semi-Truck?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Most drivers of semi-trucks are on the road all day, every day to make a living. With all the hours put into your truck, chances are that your Freightliner semi-truck requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance. When that maintenance work begins to crop up a little too frequently, you may find yourself frustrated: after all, when your semi-truck is off the road, that means you’re not making any money. Read on to find out a few tips to help you decide if it makes more sense to continue putting work into your old truck, or if you should consider purchasing a new one.

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Does it make more sense to put work into your old Freightliner semi-truck, or should you consider purchasing a new one?

Costs of Maintenance

The first thing to consider when you’re deciding whether to buy new or maintain old is, obviously, the costs involved. If you run your calculations and determine that you are spending more than $0.13 or $0.14 per mile, then you are spending too much money to have things fixed on your semi-truck. In order to keep things profitable, maintenance costs of around $.05 a mile are ideal. (more…)

Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Soar in June 2015

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

June 2015 was the best month that heavy-duty truck sales have seen since nine years ago, in 2006. A total of 25,369 trucks were sold to make June 2015 the third best month in the history of truck sales and the most ever trucks sold in the month of June. This was a 31% jump from last year, and an 18% jump from May and marked one of the best months Freightliner has ever seen. So what factors have contributed to this huge jump in heavy-duty truck sales? Will we continue to see truck sales rise? Read on to find out.

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June 2015 was the best month that heavy-duty truck sales have seen since nine years ago, in 2006.

A Record-Breaking Truck Sales Month

Stephen Volkmann, an industry analyst at Jefferies & Co, attributes the successful month to the huge numbers of vehicles ordered by fleets throughout the fall and winter that are still being delivered by manufacturers. Volkmann said, “We had a very front-loaded order year and now we’re executing on that, so it doesn’t surprise me that we would see strong production and retail sales.”Judging by the first six months alone, industry experts agree that so far, 2015 appears to be on the right track to become the third-best year for U.S. Class 8 sales. (more…)

Freightliner: Most Comfortable Truck on the Road

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

As we discussed two weeks ago, Freightliner takes the safety and comfort of its drivers extremely seriously. We realize you spend a lot of time out on the road, and if you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain, hip issues, or other problems related to discomfort, it can make life on the road a big challenge. That’s why Freightliner strives to make its trucks the most comfortable out there so the long hours spent in your truck can be enjoyable and safe. Drivers everywhere prefer Freightliner trucks for their comfort as well as safety and efficiency. Take a look at these comfort features that make Freightliner stand apart from the competition.

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Freightliner strives to make its trucks the most comfortable out there so the long hours spent in your truck can be enjoyable and safe.

Enhanced Lighting

Not only are Freightliner trucks equipped with personal driver and passenger side lights, but a work and map light and dome lights on either side of the bed and on the ceiling in between the cab and sleeper also come standard.

Comfortable Seating

Maybe the most important comfort feature truckers look for is the seats. After all, how will you work long hours driving your truck in a seat that hurts your neck and back? Seats on Freightliner models are two inches bigger than standard models and are incredibly roomy. And you can upgrade to get seat heating, swivel, and a three-way bolster if you’d like! (more…)

Daimler’s SuperTruck Receives Award from DOE

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

In March 2015, Freightliner unveiled its brand new SuperTruck after undergoing a five long years of development aided by the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as several other leading industry suppliers and manufacturers. This week, Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Clearly, this futuristic prototype vehicle could mean big changes in the trucking industry. Read on to find out more!

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Traveling at 65 mph and weighing 65,000 lbs GVWR, the prototype was able to reach an average fuel efficiency of 12.2 mpg, effectively doubling that of the 2009 baseline vehicle.

What is the SuperTruck?

Back in April, we talked about what the unveiling of the SuperTruck could mean for the future of the trucking business. Five years ago, Freightliner received the largest grant from the U.S. government in the history of the industry to begin work on a new truck with increased fuel and freight efficiency as well as an increased engine brake and decrease in aerodynamic drag. At its unveiling in March of this year, it exceeded all expectations and the prototype turned out better than ever. (more…)

What Makes Freightliner One of the Safest Truck Brands?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

When in the market for a truck, there are many things to consider such as price, operating life, return on investment, and most importantly, safety. And among major truck manufacturers, Freightliner definitely stands out for being one of the safest truck brands on the road. Among other things, the company has utilized new advances in technology to maximize the safety of the driver, reduce the risk of accident, and make the driving experience more enjoyable.

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Among major truck manufacturers, Freightliner definitely stands out for being one of the safest truck brands on the road.

Comfort and Safety

Discomfort can distract you, a bad sleep can leave you tired and not as alert, and in general not being comfortable is unpleasant. That is why one of Freightliner’s goals in designing a truck to be as safe as possible is making the driving experience pleasant and comfortable. The seats in the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution are several inches taller, wider, and longer than other brands in order to better accommodate those of different sizes. The cab is equipped with sound dampening to reduce the noise from the engine and to allow the driver to remain more alert. Paired with the spacious sleeping accommodations, this helps to blocks outside noise and allow the driver to stay properly rested. (more…)

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