Freightliner Trucks has provided three owner-operators a “Slice of Life” – a 2009 Cascadia for one year. The truck maker says the program allows the drivers to experience firsthand the Cascadia’s enhanced aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, roomy cab and quiet ride. Throughout the course of the 12-month program, the drivers will blog about their real-world experiences on the road via www.sliceoftruckerlife.com.
Each Cascadia is equipped with the Detroit Diesel DD15 engine. “The Cascadia and DD15 pairing results in an extremely fuel-efficient on-highway commercial vehicle that will positively impact bottom lines,” says Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner Trucks. “Through this unique program, we are pleased to help these owner-operators meet their business needs while they test out the Cascadia in their day-to-day lives.”
Participating in the Slice of Life program are:Henry Albert, 44, the owner of Albert Transport Inc., based in Statesville, N.C.; Dick McCorkle, 63, who works for Perkins Specialized Transportation in Noblesville, Ind.; and Kurt Grote, 49, who works for John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, Okla.
The program kicked off at the Cleveland, N.C., Freightliner Trucks plant on Aug. 19, where the owner-operators were presented with their new Cascadia trucks and given a VIP tour of the truck plant.
Those interested in meeting the drivers and seeing their trucks will have the chance at various events, including the 2009 Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky., March 19-21, 2009, at the Freightliner Trucks booth.