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News of  January 24, 2001


 


Freightliner Trucks introduces the Coronado into the US market 

Freightliner Coronado

Photo: DaimlerChrysler

  • US conventional-cab truck combines classic design with the latest technology 
  • Engine range up to 450 kW (600 hp) 
  • Target group is independent truckers 

Stuttgart/Portland Freightliner Trucks is introducing the new Coronado conventional-cab truck into the market. In the American market the new flagship is aimed at demanding owner-drivers who have the highest expectations of their trucks in terms of comfort, design, performance, safety and economy.

The Freightliner Coronado combines traditional design elements with the latest technical and comfort features. The Coronado is available with a spacious, 2m long raised-roof sleeper cab, a medium XT (extra high) raised roof sleeper cab or a normal cab. The Coronado can be supplied with different engines by Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar and Cummins, with outputs of up to 450 kW (600 hp). It is fitted as standard with a 370 kW (500 hp) DDC Series 60 engine. 

Despite the ostensible romanticism of the trucker lifestyle, cost-effectiveness and reliability are key criteria, particularly to owner-operators. A truck which is able to meet it is particularly the self-driving transport operator who is most interested in facts such as the tough day-to-day requirements of this customer group must therefore be uncompromising in concept. Independent truckers who want a personal heavy-duty truck are often obliged to make do with used vehicles that are no longer technically up-to-date. The Coronado provides the requisite styling but also reflects the state of the art in terms of appointments, ride comfort, handling, fuel consumption, productivity, availability and safety. 

The pronounced classical styling of the Coronado is continued in the interior. The high-quality "Chaparral" equipment package features various fabrics and linings in light-brown and grey colour shades, e.g. leather seat upholstery and a robust interior lining in antique-look leather. Oregon burr wood trim underlines the luxurious atmosphere of the Coronado. The chromed twin-spoke steering wheel is trimmed with leather and burr wood. The cabs provide plenty of space for working and sleeping. Freightliner offers a range of extras which enable the space in the interior to be used even more effectively. These include a built-in working/dining unit consisting of a folding table and chairs and up to an additional 1.6 cu. m. of stowage space.

As in all trucks by Freightliner, safety for the driver and other road users is top priority in the Coronado too. In the event of an accident the optional sidebag on the driver's side provides additional protection. Moreover, the sleeper cabs meet the strict European and Swedish crash test standards. The truck manufacturer Freightliner has its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, USA and is a member of the DaimlerChrysler Group, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. 

(Jan. 19, 2001)

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