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April 17, 2012

Freightliner's New Concept Truck “Revolution.”

The Mid America Trucking Show was a winner this year. Held in late March in Louisville, Ky., this was the 41st annual event and it was extremely positive, with new trucks, new components, new fuels and new people. In a first for the 30 years I’ve been attending the show, this was the first time a true concept truck was revealed.

Undoubtedly the star of the show was the Freightliner concept truck “Revolution.” (exterior shown here, interior shown above) It is like those forward-looking concepts that make the auto shows so interesting. This one, though, is a heavy truck and a radical offering. Remarkably, it is a fully functioning vehicle, a tractor that starts, runs and drives down the road. It’s based on a Freightliner Cascadia, with the standard running gear, but featuring some under-the-skin innovations, like the Daimler/Detroit transmission and a self-sensing 6x2/6x4 drive.