Freightliner releases in-cab exercise system, Cascadia Evolution orders top 10k

| March 21, 2013
"Trucker Trainer" Bob Perry, president of Rolling Strong (Freightliner's partner in building the FIT system), works out with the FIT system in the sleeper of a Cascadia.

“Trucker Trainer” Bob Perry, president of Rolling Strong (Freightliner’s partner in building the FIT system), works out with the FIT system in the sleeper of a Cascadia.

Freightliner this week announced an in-cab training system designed for installation onto already existing tether points in Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado models. The announcement came at the Mid-American Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Freightliner collaborated with Rolling Strong to design and implement the system — the Freightliner In-cab Training System (FIT) — and it was made to offer drivers a place to workout “in the comfort of their own cabs,” said Freightliner engineer Dave Hames.

The system is based upon resistance bands with changeable resistance levels and has three-grip handles.

Freightliner said the system will be offered as an option on new trucks but can be purchased at Freightliner dealerships and online at RollingStrong.com and retrofitted. They can also be retrofitted in Century Class and Columbia models.

Cascadia Evolution

Cascadia Evolution

Freightliner also announced at the show that orders for its 2014 model Cascadia Evolution truck — released last year in Louisville — surpassed the 10,000 order mark recently.

The truck is in full production and was built to be the company’s most fuel efficient model.

Freightliner’s announcements came at a press event that also featured parent company Daimler Trucks North America’s engine manufacturer Detroit.

Rich Schering, head of Detroit, said the company has undergone quite a transition in the last 18 months, expanding its product line to include the DT12 automated-manual and moving past just being an engine maker, hence the dropping of “diesel” from its name.

Schering also announced that Detroit would be starting a Million Mile Club for Detroit engine owners whose engines have topped the 1 million mile mark.

The company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, said the club would simply be a place where drivers of Detroit engines can form a community, communicate with Detroit reps and get Detroit merchandise. Registration is available at detroitmillionmileclub.com.

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