New Cascadia build rates increase

After a slow ramp-up period in the first quarter of 2017, Freightliner soon will surpass 10,000 builds on the new Cascadia this year as customers transition orders to the new model, the company announced this week.

McHorse said take rates for Detroit products on the new Cascadia also are increasing, with the DT12 automated manual transmission jumping from 68 percent on the classic Cascadia to 94 percent on the new Cascadia.

On the safety side, McHorse said the new Cascadia’s Detroit Assurance 4.0 safety platform has a 59 percent take rate compared to 25 percent on the classic Cascadia. (Freightliner currently doesn’t offer the Meritor Wabco OnGuard advanced driver assistance systems on the new Cascadia.)

Starting in July, Freightliner now offers a 116 in. BBC for both day cab and 72 in. raised-roof options in addition to the current 126 in. BBC day cab and 72 in. raised-roof cab configurations. It also offers a Cummins X15 engine and Eaton Advantage transmission, and McHorse said new options would be announced in September at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.

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