Here’s the strangest thing. I start this column sitting at a bar (okay, that’s NOT strange!) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – looking out at whales cavorting about 100 metres off the beach.
It’s 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) and I’m here as the guest of Daimler Trucks North America. Funnily enough, I was a guest of Daimler (though in the guise of Mercedes-Benz Canada) two columns back….in very different circumstances: Then I was looking at caribou and freezing my rear-end off at minus-40 degrees….in Coldfoot, Alaska.
Ask me which I prefer? It’s a difficult decision. The beauty of Alaska’s Denali Wilderness and its trees totally enveloped in snow and its roads pure sheets of ice is not to be dismissed. But the balmy breezes and whale sightings make Los Cabos none too shabby either.
The Baja, Mexico event is to review Freightliner’s successes at home and abroad – such as knocking International off its previously unassailable perch as United States’ medium-duty market leader. Export successes too are a topic – and Daimler reckons they’re set for significant gains in coming years, with an upcoming push.
The class 6/7 win is quite an accomplishment for Freightliner, which had never been a player in medium-duty till it launched the Business Class in 1991.
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