Freightliner Cascadia® Evolution Showcases Constant Pursuit to Reduce RCO

cq5dam.thumbnail.1050.1050The Freightliner Cascadia® Evolution with the Detroit Assurance™ suite of safety systems and integrated Detroit™ Powertrain (iDP) showcases Daimler Trucks North America’s constant pursuit to reduce Real Cost of Ownership (RCO) for its customers.

Freightliner Trucks understands that calculating overhead and what it really costs to run a successful business in the trucking industry is different for every customer. RCO is a comprehensive consideration of hard and soft costs over the lifetime of a vehicle. Some of the costs are hard numbers such as diesel expenses; and others, such as driver turnover rates and customer loyalty, are a bit more difficult to express in dollars and cents. Freightliner helps lower customers’ Real Cost of Ownership with industry-leading technology, such as the Cascadia Evolution with Detroit Assurance and the iDP.

The Cascadia Evolution features a number of leading technologies aimed at improving profitability for fleets and owner/operators. Exterior aerodynamic features on the Cascadia Evolution were developed using Daimler Truck North America’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Portland, Ore. In addition, the truck was extensively tested in real-world conditions on highways across the United States, undergoing nearly 3 million miles in reliability and fuel economy testing.

“With the introduction of the Cascadia Evolution, Detroit Assurance and the iDP, our priority is to help customers lower their Real Cost of Ownership through optimized performance,” said Diane Hames, General Manager, Marketing and Strategy for Daimler Trucks North America. “The Cascadia Evolution paired with the Detroit powertrain offers a powerful advantage for our customers.”

Freightliner Trucks developed RCO to recognize five main factors for the on-highway segment to maximizing profitability: fuel efficiency, safety, uptime, connectivity and quality.

Fuel Efficiency

Equipped with the latest version of the Detroit DD15® engine and some of the most aerodynamic enhancements in the industry, the Cascadia Evolution produces an additional 7 percent improvement in fuel economy over an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia equipped with a first-generation aerodynamic package. Taking integration to the next level with the integrated Detroit Powertrain, the Cascadia Evolution can earn up to an additional 7 percent improvement in certain applications with the 6×2 configuration.

With the iDP, the engine, transmission and axles are engineered and designed to work together as one. Coupled with cutting-edge technologies, advanced component communication and one-stop parts and service support, the iDP delivers real profits.

By integrating Detroit’s fast tandem axle ratios and the smooth-shifting DT12™ transmission with electronics calibrated to deliver greater horsepower and torque at lower RPMs, the DD15 engine keeps trucks in top gear more often and cruises at a more efficient engine speed. A six-blade cooling fan also reduces power draw without sacrificing cooling capabilities. The DT12 transmission features Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM), which uses terrain maps to know the route ahead and adjust transmission and engine functions for optimized fuel economy.

The 6×2 single drive axle with non-driven tag axle configuration reduces total weight by approximately 380 pounds. The 6×2 axle is integrated with the downsped torque curve and a direct-drive transmission to deliver better fuel economy regardless of cruise speed. A high-performance 6×4 tandem axle configuration is available for applications requiring superior traction.

The integrated Detroit Powertrain also features state-of-the-art Detroit steer axles that provide a 55-degree wheel cut for remarkably nimble maneuverability and employs needle bearings as opposed to bushings for increased durability.


From a safety standpoint, the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution offer more than 36 optional safety features and boast an ergonomically designed, noise-limiting cab that meets European and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements. Steering wheel airbags and LifeGuard Rolltek® seats help protect drivers in case of an accident.

Detroit Assurance is a suite of safety systems that provide three distinct features, allowing exceptional control and safety on the open road. The first feature, Active Brake Assist, will first audibly and visually warn the driver of a potential unsafe distance to the lead vehicle, then provide partial braking using throttle control, engine brakes if needed, then proceed to use foundation brakes if the driver is not responding to the first two warnings. The second feature, Adaptive Cruise Control, will maintain a safe following distance based on vehicles ahead of or entering the truck’s path. The third feature is an optional Lane Departure Warning system that tracks the truck’s position in the lane, and provides audible warnings if a line is crossed without using the turn signal indicator.

Uptime & Connectivity

Standard on the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution, the Detroit Virtual Technician™ onboard diagnostic system helps increase uptime and decrease maintenance costs by providing real-time engine diagnostics. The system enables drivers and fleet managers to quickly and accurately evaluate engine and transmission warning lights, and in many cases figure out a solution while the truck is still being driven. It also minimizes time in the shop by almost eliminating diagnostic delays since this is completed by the Detroit customer support center before the truck even arrives.


Freightliner trucks are designed to maximize reliability and longevity. Cutting-edge manufacturing technology, durable materials and rigorous testing all contribute to overall product quality. The Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution have been industry leaders in resale value since 2008 according to data from Kelley Blue Book and National Automobile Dealers Association data.

Having reliable, fuel-efficient trucks on the road with skilled, experienced and satisfied drivers behind the wheel with access to a broad service and support network and advancements.