Compass Auctions has two Freightliner Cascadia Day Cabs, as well as an M2 112 Road Tractor and several fleet vehicles in their February Day 1 auction, February 24 at 10 AM ET. Freightliner, and the Cascadia are steeped in rich history, pushing the limits on trucking industry standards. Let’s look at how the Cascadia came to be the dominant vehicle in trucking.

In the 1930’s Leland James saw the need for a smaller, lighter yet equally tough truck. This recognition led to the design of a quickly accepted, aluminum truck, paving the way for the founding of Freightliner in 1942. With their first Model 600 released the same year, Lelan and company were off to a fast start, focused on innovation and customer-centered design.

 Recognizing the trend toward larger nose trucks, Freightliner would introduce their first conventional truck. 13 years later, the company would set the precedent for today’s trucks with their integral standing sleeper. For the next decade, improvements in fuel economy and versatile fleet trucks including the Century Class S/T vehicle. The company purchased Detroit Diesel in 2000 and became the first manufacturer to produce a fully integrated powertrain.

Four years later Freightliner built the first and only full-scale wind tunnel owned and operated by a North American truck manufacturer. This would lead to even greater strides in aerodynamic design and innovation, including the creation of the original Freightliner Cascadia. The Cascadia is the company’s most lightweight, aerodynamic and driver-focused vehicle. Innovations in the Cascadia were so great that not only were maintenance costs reduced for drivers, but fuel economy also saw a great leap to the tune of almost 8%. 

Over the next decade, Cascadia would prove again and again to be the most popular truck from North America’s most popular manufacturer. Thanks in large part to the company’s unwavering commitment to keeping drivers and innovation at the forefront of their design, Cascadia’s continue to see improvements in fuel economy and a lowering in total cost of ownership.

Customers can see these items and other lots on Compass’ preview day by appointment February 23 between 8:30am and 4:30pm ET. Located at 3114 Freeman Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37406, the team is available to work with consignors and business owners to sell their heavy machinery, fleet vehicles and industrial equipment. For more information, email or call (800) 729-6466.