Meeting of the Giants
Spacious cabs, shiny chrome and 72-inch sleeper compartments: This is where trucker dreams come true. The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) celebrated its debut and attracted around 400 corporate customers in the capital of the US state of Georgia.
Originating based on the model of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Hanover, the American greats in the truck business presented themselves for the first time at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta. Key topics included fuel efficiency, connectivity and electrification. Significantly involved in the design of the trade show: Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The commercial vehicle brands of the Daimler AG presented their North American product portfolio and technologies of the future. In the future, the event will take place in odd years – alternating with the IAA for commercial vehicles.
Those celebrating company anniversaries came together
Freightliner celebrated its 75th anniversary at the trade show with a special Cascadia model. In the future there will also be a Cascadia with a medium height roof. It can be ordered from January 2018. There are 48-, 60- and 72-inch length sleeper compartments available. All configurations can be combined with streamlining packages Aero or Aerox. Freightliner’s flagship Class 6-8 segment in the US is also available with three new cabin configurations.
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary WesternStar presented a design package for the 5700 XE, 4900 and 4700 models and the latest efficiency and safety systems.
Fully electric lightweight
At the beginning of July, it was still celebrating its start of production at the Japanese plant Kawasaki – at the end of July already in Portugal. The Portuguese plant produces trucks for Europe and the US. The brand new Fuso eCanter, the first fully electric lightweight truck in series production, could thus also be seen at NACV after its official launch in New York.
Six LIBs with a capacity each of 13.8 kWh, allow for a range of 100 km. FUSO also meets the desire of many US customers for a gasoline engine in a light commercial vehicle. A 6-liter PSI-GMPT Vortec V8, combined with a 6-gear automatic from Allison, will be the choice in the future.
Connected and on the go without outside mirrors
Bosch showed its freely programmable instrument cluster in combination with the head unit (multimedia unit) in the center console. It has a 7-inch touch screen. In terms of connectivity, it offers smartphone integration, map navigation as well as voice control and a Bluetooth® hands-free system.
Bosch also presented its Mirror Cam system. The camera-based solution replaces the large outside mirrors. Only 50 square meters of mirror surface must be available due to statutory requirements in the USA . The indicator displays are integrated in the driver’s cab. By eliminating a large part of the outside mirror surface, Bosch promises fuel savings of up to two percent.