Penske Selects Freightliner Cascadia for EPA 2010 Solution

Company Orders 750 Freightliner Cascadia Tractors Equipped with BlueTec Selective Catalytic Reduction Emissions Technology

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 3, 2010 – Freightliner Trucks today announced that Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 Freightliner Cascadia® tractors equipped with BlueTec® selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology. This purchase makes Freightliner Trucks the majority supplier of 2010 EPA-compliant tractors to Penske Truck Leasing.

Penske Truck Leasing offers commercial and consumer truck rentals, full-service leasing, contract maintenance, transportation and supply chain management solutions to individuals, small companies and multinational organizations. Its order includes 50 Cascadia 113-inch single-axle day cab tractors equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13™ engines; 450 Cascadia 125-inch tandem-axle day cab tractors equipped with DD13™ engines; and 250 Cascadia 125” tractors with a 72-inch raised roof and Detroit Diesel DD15™ engines.

Penske Truck Leasing customers have also ordered an additional 132 Freightliner Business Class® M2 106 trucks with SCR-equipped Cummins engines and 50 Cascadia tractors to-date, equipped with a combination of Cummins ISX, DD13 and DD15 engines.

The aerodynamic Cascadia was specially designed to incorporate EPA 2010 emission engines. BlueTec emissions technology – Daimler’s solution for meeting the 2010 EPA emissions standards – reduces emissions to near-zero levels of NOx and particulate matter as measured at the tailpipe and increases fuel economy by up to five percent over other emission treatment systems.

According to Marc Althen, senior vice president, administration and procurement for Penske Truck Leasing, fuel efficiency is a priority to Penske customers, making the 2010-ready Cascadia an ideal choice

“Based on our own research and field testing, we determined that SCR emissions technology was the right fit for Penske and our customers to comply with the 2010 standards,” said Althen. “And, when coupled with the advanced performance of the Cascadia, our customers get a powerful and efficient business tool that positively impacts their bottom line.”

A Freightliner Trucks customer for more than 25 years, Penske Truck Leasing and Freightliner Trucks together hosted a 16-city tour in late 2009 to educate Penske customers on the benefits of BlueTec SCR technology.

“We are pleased to build upon our long-term relationship with Penske Truck Leasing by supplying the majority of their 2010 solution,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “By selecting our proven BlueTec SCR emissions technology, Penske Truck Leasing and its customers will continue to experience the superior performance they’ve come to expect from Freightliner Trucks.”

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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America.  Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 200,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.  Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, transportation and warehousing management, and supply chain management solutions. Visit to learn more about the company and its products and services.