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Chrysler spurns Freightliner fleet for Mack trucks

by David Zatz on

Chrysler announced that it is replacing its fleet of 324 class 8 delivery trucks, currently Daimler Freightliner rigs, with more fuel efficient Mack trucks. The new trucks use less fuel, meet tough new emissions standards (cutting key pollutants by 85%), and require less maintenance.

(Truck analyst Richard Henley wrote, “I would tell some Freightliner jokes, but I don’t think there are any. I’m not sure if the reason is that the truck they build is the Freightliner joke, or maybe it’s just because getting stuck in one isn’t a laughing matter.”)

Chrysler’s transportation fleet trucks deliver parts from stamping and powertrain plants and some external suppliers to parts distribution centers and assembly plants, with terminals in Detroit, Toledo, and Windsor.

The new trucks are Mack Pinnacle series day-cab highway haulers. They should improve gas mileage by around 5%, with roughly 7 mpg on the freeway. They are the first new trucks acquired by the transportation fleet in five years.

Chrysler is said to be working on its own Class 8 trucks for the future, but any production is likely to be at least five years away.

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