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Fuel-efficient Freightliner Cascadia Evolution Nets 15,000-plus Orders

August 5, 2013 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
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The 2014 Cascadia Evolution from Freightliner Trucks has garnered more than 15,000 orders since the first model rolled off the production line last March and pacing the industry when it comes to long-haul applications that demand every ounce of fuel-saving innovation.

Powered by the newly designed Detroit DD15 engine, the Cascadia Evolution is assisted by new aerodynamic features that result in a 7 percent improvement in fuel economy over the 2010-compliant Cascadia, and up to a 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the 2013 Cascadia.

The Cascadia featured a sleek profile before this year’s improved model, with enhanced aerodynamics already in place. But the 2013 model improves on those improvements, offering several frontal area updates, including a new air dam, bumper closure and a hood-to-bumper fill. The Cascadia Evolution also includes an improved windshield seal, elliptical-shaped aerodynamic mirrors and an integrated antenna — which means you don’t see an antenna at all. New wheel covers on the rear tandem axles, chassis side fairings and 20-inch side extenders are other new fuel-efficiency measures.

The new 1,400 square-inch radiator, offering a revised baffling system and a new radiator mounting design, makes sure the engine runs cool, increasing its durability.

In addition to fuel economy, dependability comes into play with the standard Detroit Virtual Technician system that reduces downtime and cuts maintenance costs by providing real-time engine diagnostics. This enables drivers and fleet managers to quickly and accurately evaluate events — many times allowing the driver to continue driving where others might have to stop to evaluate the event. And since much of this diagnostic tinkering is done while on the road, much time is saved in the shop because the diagnostics are nearly completed by the time the truck arrives at the customer support center.

Detroit powertrain components — including the new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and Detroit axles — can provide additional benefits that further contribute to the truck’s reliability, durability and performance.

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