Leland James, who was President of Consolidated Freightways in the late 1930's, wanted a lighter transport truck with some aluminum components but truck manufacturers nixed the idea as not being practical.
James dedcided to manufacture the truck himself and, by 1942, was manufacturing under the name Freightliner Corporation, a company that would become North America's leading heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer. (source: Classy Truck)
Freightliner Trucks is North America's leading manufacturer of medium, heavy-duty diesel and specialized chassis trucks.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America, the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty vehicles in North America and a leading manufacturer of medium-duty vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America designs, builds and markets a wide range of Class 3-8 vehicles including long-haul highway tractors, heavy-duty construction and vocational trucks, mid-range trucks for distribution and service, school and transit buses, fire and emergency service apparatus and chassis for step vans, school and shuttle buses and motor homes.
As a Daimler company, Freightliner brings to bear the vast research and development capabilities, technological expertise and global business resources of the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Freightliner Trucks is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with truck manufacturing facilities located in Portland and throughout the United States.
(source: Freightliner) Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.
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