November 13, 2007

Daimler launches Shaping Future Transportation initiative with alternative-drive commercial vehicles

Stuttgart, Germany – Daimler has marked the launch of its Shaping Future Transportation initiative with a presentation of 16 trucks and buses featuring alternative drive systems and fuels. The vehicles, from Freightliner, Mitsubishi Fuso, Mercedes-Benz, Orion and Thomas Built Buses, are on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

“Commercial vehicles are the force that’s driving economic growth and globalization,” said Andreas Renschler, Head of Daimler Trucks. “As the world market leader in this sector, we will therefore offer our customers vehicles that are even more economical and environmentally friendly in the future. The Shaping Future Transportation initiative demonstrates that we take our responsibility toward customers and the environment very seriously. The initiative encompasses all of the globally-networked research and development activities in the area of alternative drives and fuels for all of the brands at Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.”

Daimler plans to employ alternative drive systems in additional vehicle models and regions, focusing primarily on hybrids. In North America, Freightliner will manufacture 1,500 M2 hybrid trucks over the next three years, and also produce a hybrid version of a Thomas Built school bus. As well, the second-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star Eco Hybrid will be launched in Japan, the first Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTech hybrids will be delivered to customers in Germany, France and the Czech Republic next year, and customers in the U.K. will be conducting a pilot project with ten Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids.

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