Daimler Trucks North America recently announced it will be celebrating 100 years of innovation with the anniversaries of two of its brands. Thomas Built turned 100 years old last year, and this year, Freightliner Trucks® will celebrate its 75th anniversary and Western Star Trucks will turn 50. That’s big news for Daimler, and even bigger news for Thomas Built Buses.
You see, Thomas Built Buses is a company that has stood the test of time and continues to lead the market with safe, reliable and durable school buses. But one of the things that sets Thomas Built apart in the industry is our focus on innovation.
We have led the industry in state-of-the-art innovations over the past 100 years, and particularly in the past 19 years since we have been part of the Daimler Trucks North America family. As a member of that family, our dedicated team of engineers are able to collaborate with the engineers of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star, Freightliner Custom Chassis and Mercedes Benz.
It’s through partnerships like this that Daimler unveils innovation after innovation, such as the Super Truck program, which boasts best-in-class fuel economy, and the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the first licensed autonomous truck in the United States. Here at Thomas Built, we rocked the industry with our debut of the Saf-T-Liner C2, which was revolutionary and still is our most popular bus today. And our innovations continue with the recent debut of our BusWise suite of technologies that focuses on safety, efficiency and serviceability.
And today, we are entering a monumental time in our partnership with Detroit. In 2018, we will debut the Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines, which will be equipped with Detroit Connect Virtual Technician.
The DD5 is the latest in medium-duty engine technology combined with the most advanced connectivity platform in the industry. It will offer best-in-class fuel economy and reliability, with a B10 life of 400,000 miles. It comes with top load oil and fuel filters for easier serviceability and boasts the longest service intervals in the class, with up to 45,000-mile oil and fuel filter change intervals for short haul applications and 35,000-mile intervals for severe duty applications.
Plus, the emissions from the DD5 are ninety percent cleaner at the tailpipe than diesel emissions were 10 years ago. In fact, emissions from the DD5 are just as clean, if not cleaner, than other fuel type. Game changing, indeed.
This is an exciting time for Thomas Built Buses and we look forward to even more innovations just around the corner.