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Production starts on Freightliner Cascadia with advanced safety solutions

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A Daimler Trucks North America official said the new Freightliner Cascadia with advanced safety solutions and aerodynamic enhancements provides customers with a vehicle that is safer, more fuel efficient and offers a better driver experience than ever before. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA )

PORTLAND, Ore. — Production of the Freightliner Cascadia with enhanced safety and aerodynamic solutions has begun.

A Daimler Trucks North America official said the new truck provides customers with a vehicle that is safer, more fuel efficient and offers a better driver experience than ever before.

Kelly Gedert, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Components, said Detroit Assurance 5.0 is now standard with Freightliner Cascadias powered by Detroit engines.

He said this proprietary radar and camera fused system features standard active safety and advanced driver assistance technologies designed to keep drivers, other motorists and pedestrians safe, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control to 0 MPH: Automatically decelerates and accelerates to maintain a safe following distance. In stop-and-go-traffic, if the vehicle in front stops, the truck will also come to a stop and hold indefinitely. If the vehicle ahead moves in less than two seconds, the truck will resume moving at a safe following distance.
  • Active Brake Assist 5.0 – Full Braking on Moving Pedestrian: When a moving pedestrian enters the truck’s path, Detroit Assurance 5.0 applies input from the radar and camera sensors to warn the driver using visual and audible warnings simultaneously with partial emergency braking. If the driver doesn’t act, full emergency braking brings the truck to a complete stop.

Additionally, new standard features with Detroit Assurance 5.0 include automatic wipers/headlamps, Intelligent High Beam, and traffic sign display.

Gedert said Side Guard Assist is an optional feature available with Detroit Assurance 5.0 that detects objects, including pedestrians and cyclists, in the passenger-side blind spot along the full length of the tractor and trailer.

“Helping keep motorists and pedestrians safe is our top priority, and the advanced technologies and groundbreaking innovations of Detroit Assurance 5.0 can help mitigate collisions and reduce unplanned expenses and downtime for our customers,” Gedert said. “Detroit Assurance 5.0 illustrates our commitment to increasing safety for everyone on the road.”

Active Lane Assist, an optional feature available in early 2020, consists of Lane Departure Protection and Lane Keep Assist. With Lane Departure Protection, if the truck begins to drift from its lane without the turn signal activated, a rumble sound, along with a visual warning, will alert the driver. The system will then counter steer the truck back into its lane. When Adaptive Cruise Control is enabled, Lane Keep Assist uses micro-steering movements to keep the new Cascadia centered in its detected lane. With the addition of lateral steering assist offered by the optional Active Lane Assist feature, in combination with Adaptive Cruise Control, Freightliner and Detroit will begin delivering the first production SAE Level 2 automated truck in North America.

Gedert  said enhancements to all three aerodynamic packages for the Cascadia further improve the Cascadia’s industry-leading fuel performance. The Standard package now includes A-pillar deflectors, tow hook covers and side extender seals. The Aero package adds enhanced chassis fairing skirts and the AeroX package features an optimized low ground clearance bumper, optimized roof deflector, optimized drive wheel fairings and front wheel well closeouts.

Additional aerodynamic options available include the industry first Aerodynamic Height Control, which electronically lowers the suspension height one inch at 55 miles per hour to optimize airflow over and under the front of the truck and reduce drag. Michelin X Line D+ Energy tires, developed in collaboration with Michelin and exclusive to the Cascadia, are also available and reduce rolling resistance in 6×4 applications. All of the new aerodynamic features available on Cascadia provide up to a five percent increase in fuel efficiency over the current model.

“Our new aerodynamic options demonstrate our dedication to helping our customers achieve the best possible performance from their trucks,” Gedert said. “Freightliner continues to set the bar higher when it comes to designing features that provide better performance and enhanced efficiency.”

Critical to the Cascadia’s performance is the Integrated Detroit Powertrain. The powerful combination of either Detroit DD15 or DD13 engines, the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, and Detroit axles seamlessly works together to maximize performance.

A key update for the Cascadia from Detroit is Intelligent Powertrain Management 6 (IPM6), which comes standard with the DT12. Like earlier IPM technology, IPM6 integrates pre-loaded terrain maps and GPS into engine and transmission functions to know the route ahead and uses the truck’s kinetic energy to automatically adjust to its surroundings by reducing braking power and making transmission and engine adjustments. With the introduction of IPM6, map coverage of existing major highways and interstates has increased by 35%.

Gedert  said another benefit of the powerful combination of Cascadia and Detroit designed to improve uptime is the Cascadia Maintenance System. This onboard monitoring system computes optimal maintenance intervals based on actual operating conditions of the vehicle. The system utilizes oil temperature data and other inputs to more accurately determine oil change intervals, and it improves additional service recommendations based on engine and transmission load data.

 

 

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  1. Hayley culver

    September 14, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I just had a 2020 Cascadia automatic. I cane out of driving freightliners standards. I would and will never have another automatic. It was the wiorse choice i could of made. It took my ability to react to the reckless drivers around me. Every time a car pass me it would do a yellow critical and everytime i was to exit and go to a truck stop with where i had to go under the overpass i had a red event . When i had to move the trailer tandems i would loose air to the point i would back up the line behind me waiting for the truck to go. It had no air dumps so if the trailer was low i could lower the truck to get under the trailer i had to go out and crank the handle till the trailer was high enough to get under. I am a female and the only thing good about this truck was it had a apu and plugs inside .

  2. Steve H.

    September 14, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I drive a 2020 Cascadia and let me say they aren’t that great, the automatic breaking is flawed, I can’t tell you how many times it starts breaking for no reason, sometimes when I’m at highway speeds and that’s frightening. The lane departure warning is also very flawed, there is a lot of road construction going on everywhere and it detects old lines and sometimes patched asphalt and starts that annoying rumble, yes I have the ability to temporarily disable it but that only last a short time and it starts up again. The adaptive cruise control is a great feature until you want to pass the truck in front of you on a two lane highwat, it starts slowing you down way to early, then the warning beeps start when you hold the throttle down to get close enough to the truck to make the pass.. my truck is governed at 65, let’s say the truck on the highway in front of me is going 63 or 64, I need to make that pass and getting over 500 yards behind that truck will only piss off other vehicles. There needs to be a pass feature where with driver input the computer understands what’s happening and the warning beeps stop while the pass happens. The most frustrating thing about that truck is all the noises it makes. I understand their purposes but for us professional truck drivers who have been accident free for years and years these trucks are a nuisance, they are designed for drivers with ADD or millennials.

  3. Mary Adachi

    September 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    The first time the trucks brakes from 70 mph to 62 in about 2 seconds because it “thinks” you’re going to hit the black mailbox that’s in a little curve in the road and sends you jolting towards the front window, you realize this “system” just isn’t quite ready for prime time yet. Thank goodness no one has yet been in back of me when it does it’s little dance. Sure way to get hit in the back end….

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Cummins X12+Endurant powertrain now available in regional haul applications

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Regional haul applications is a new market for the X12 engine, which has exclusively been available in vocational and refuse trucks before now. (Courtesy: CUMMINS)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins said Friday that the X12+Endurant powertrain from its integrated power portfolio is now available for customers in regional haul applications.

Cummins officials said the powertrain delivers the lightest solution to the regional haul market in terms of maintenance intervals.

Following Freightliner’s announcement at Tank Truck Week in Nashville, Tennessee, this lightweight powertrain from Cummins can be now be ordered in Freightliner’s brand new Cascadia 116” BBC Day Cab.

This is a new market for the X12 engine, which has exclusively been available in vocational and refuse trucks before now.

“The X12+Endurant powertrain’s lightweight, yet durable design allows customers to maximize their payload for each and every job,” said Amy Boerger, vice P\president – engine business sales for Cummins. “We wanted to create the optimal powertrain solution for customers with weight-sensitive applications, and we are confident this is it.”

At just over 2,700 pounds, the X12 paired with the Eaton Cummins Endurant transmission is expected to be to be the lightest powertrain available for the Class 8 on-highway market, Boerger said.

“It is a perfect match for weight-sensitive markets like bulk and regional haul applications. Driver-friendly features from the Endurant transmission like smooth shifting and quiet engine performance contribute to a comfortable in-cab environment, while Optimized Urge to Move and Creep Mode make maneuvering in low-speed environments easier,” she said.

“We are thrilled that the X12 will now be available in the Freightliner Cascadia 116 BBC model,” said Paul Rosa, Penske Truck Leasing senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning. “This new offering makes for a great weight-conscious solution and will be a nice option for our customers.”

Expanded availability of the X12 comes at the perfect time, as Cummins is expanding maintenance intervals for the platform, Boerger said, adding that customers can benefit from oil-drain intervals of up to 75,000 miles, and those that participate in Cummins OilGuard program may see extensions of up to 100,000 miles.

“Together with the Endurant, which offers a 750,000 mile lube change interval and a maintenance-free clutch, you have a powertrain with the industry’s best maintenance intervals,” Boerger said.

The 116” BBC day cab Cascadia with the Cummins X12 and Eaton Cummins Endurant begins production mid-2020.

The Freightliner Cascadia is also available with the Cummins X15 Efficiency series engine and

the Eaton Cummins Endurant in the 126” BBC day cab and sleeper models.

For more information about Cummins, visit www.cummins.com.

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Cummins: Diesel platform expanding for 2020, includes X15 Efficiency Series

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The 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine is designed with customers’ total cost of ownership in mind. Base engine hardware improvements and advancements in air handling deliver up to a 3.5% better fuel economy when compared to the 2017 X15 Efficiency Series engine model.  (Courtesy: CUMMINS)

ATLANTA — Global power provider Cummins displayed a full showcase of power solutions, ranging from advanced diesel engines and powertrain components to connectivity solutions as well as electric and fuel cell technologies at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show at Atlanta recently.

“We want our customers to be successful,” said Brett Merritt, vice president – on-highway engine business at Cummins. “Cummins is committed to offering a diverse power portfolio to ensure each of our customers is equipped with the right technology at the right time to get their jobs done.”

Merritt said Cummins diesel engine platforms are expanding for 2020, providing customers with dependable, efficient solutions for line-haul, regional-haul, heavy-haul, vocational and specialty applications. The X15 engine offering for 2020 includes a new X15 Efficiency Series engine, a new Productivity Series offering and the Performance Series engine customers currently utilize. And with the expanding availability of the X12 engine, customers have access to the broadest ratings in the heavy-duty diesel space.

“We believe that diesel technology will be the best solution for many of the markets we serve for decades to come,” Merritt said. “That’s why we continue to invest in and innovate our diesel platforms.”

The 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine is designed with customers’ total cost of ownership in mind. Base engine hardware improvements and advancements in air handling deliver up to a 3.5% better fuel economy when compared to the 2017 X15 Efficiency Series engine model.  The X15 platform now offers industry-leading oil drain intervals of up to 75,000 miles.  Extensions of up to 80,000 miles with the use of Valvoline Premium Blue oil and up to 100,000 miles through the Cummins OilGuard program are available for improved uptime.

The 2020 X15 Efficiency Series also boasts new EX ratings which deliver expanded powertrain capabilities that can deliver up to an additional 1.5% fuel efficiency increase on top of the improvements gained through base engine hardware and feature enhancements.

These ratings contain the full suite of powertrain features, including not only all prior ADEPT features but also new capabilities such as predictive gear shifting, predictive braking, dynamic power and industry-exclusive on-ramp boost, delivering powertrain performance and driver satisfaction across an entire fleet. Many of the powertrain features in the EX ratings are only available with the X15 Efficiency Series engine when paired with the Endurant transmission from the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture.

The new X15 Productivity Series ratings are designed for multi-purpose, vocational and heavy-haul customers who look not only for efficiency in their powertrain but also the response and performance needed to get the job done thanks to a wider engine speed range.

In 2020, Cummins is offering the same X15 Performance Series engine customers have used in the past. With no changes to the product in 2020, the X15 Performance Series still dominates the big-bore industry with exceptional transient response and the most powerful engine brakem Merritt said.

Cummins’ X12 engine continues to be an ideal solution for customers with weight-sensitive applications. Designed for customers with regional-haul, vocational and intermodal truck applications in mind, the X12 engine is the lightest in its class, Merritt said.

“When paired with the Endurant transmission, Cummins offers the lightest powertrain in the industry, with unbeatable maintenance intervals across the system,” he said. “This engine rounds out Cummins’ heavy-duty diesel offering, helping customers get the job done, day-in and day-out.”

 

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Alliance Parts expands footprint by adding 15 locations in U.S., Canada

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Customers of Alliance Parts will find an ever-increasing inventory of new and remanufactured parts available in-store and online. (Courtesy: TREY MYTTY/Truck Center Companies)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Alliance Parts brand continues to expand its retail footprint to better serve customers by adding 15 new locations during October and November. Three standalone stores and 12 in-dealership retail locations opened across the U.S. and Canada, including standalone stores in Carrefour du Camion in St. Quentin, Quebec, Canada; Houston Freightliner in Lufkin, Texas; and Centre du Camion in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada.

Recently opened Alliance Parts retail areas include locations at dealerships in Baltimore Freightliner in Baltimore; ATG Tri State Trucks in Westminster, Vermont; Garage Gilles Roy in St. Georges, Quebec, Canada; Freightliner of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio; Transwest in Grand Junction, Colorado; Transwest in Greeley, Colorado; Transwest in Frederick, Colorado; H&H Freightliner in Hope Mills, North Carolina; Campbell Freightliner in South Brunswick, New Jersey; Southport Truck Group in Tampa, Florida; Boston Freightliner in Everett, Massachusetts; and Truck Center Companies in Salina, Kansas.

“Our priority is keeping customers on the road, so we are increasing our retail footprint in order to meet customers where they are and provide quality parts at the right price,” said Brad Williamson, director of marketing, Alliance Parts & Detroit Reman. “Alliance Parts is committed to creating a superior experience for our customers that helps them maximize their Uptime.”

Customers of Alliance Parts will find an ever-increasing inventory of new and remanufactured parts available in-store and online, Williamson said. Recently added parts offerings from Alliance Parts, include height control valves, fuel pumps, water pumps, Detroit-branded carriers, composite bumpers and 14-gauge stainless steel bumper guards.

Detroit trailers are available for nearly all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. New, composite bumpers feature quick and easy installation with guaranteed fitment and are color-matched to the original grey bumper or easily painted on request. Alliance Parts’ new bumper guards fit 90 percent of both DTNA trucks as well as all makes and are interchangeable, rust resistant and include tow hooks.

All Alliance Parts meet or exceed original equipment specifications for quality, fit and finish and are backed by a one year/unlimited mile nationwide warranty, Williamson said.

Alliance Parts are now available at more than 800 locations with more locations opening in the near future. Matched with the all-new e-commerce platform from DTNA, Excelerator, Alliance Parts’ increasing retail footprint and growing portfolio of parts are helping to drive the Uptime revolution.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Alliance Parts offers parts for nearly all heavy-duty truck makes and models.

Go to www.AllianceParts.com for a complete list of Alliance Parts locations and available products.

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