In the late 1930s, Leland James, president of Portland, OR-based trucking company Consolidated Freightways , approached truck manufacturers with his idea of building truck components with lightweight aluminum instead of traditional steel.
The company changed its name to Freightliner Corporation in 1942, and the company would soon become North Americas leading heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer.
The U.S. Army counts on DTNA's Government Vehicles division for custom-built vehicles with military-specific modifications.
The Government Vehicles division also sells a broad range of Freightliner and Western Star trucks to both U.S. and Canadian federal agencies. In 1981, Daimler-Benz AG, one of the worlds premier automotive companies and builder of heavy-duty commercial vehicles, purchased Freightliner from Consolidated Freightways. In the next decade, vehicle sales more than doubled. With its vast technological resources, Daimler-Benz helped Freightliner reach the top of the North American heavy-duty truck market by 1992.
In 1995, Oshkosh Corporations chassis division was purchased, becoming Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. Freightliner also acquired firefighting/emergency vehicle manufacturer American LaFrance that year. In 1997, it purchased the heavy truck division of Ford Motor Company, launching the Sterling brand soon after. In 2000 the purchase of Western Star Trucks.

Freightliner builds the WFT5366 AWD Cane Hauler for Hawaii. With a GCVW of 76 tons, it was specifically designed to haul sugar cane.
M916A1 tractor truck was manufactured by Freightliner. The M916 tractor truck is a member of the M915 series of logistic trucks. This series consists of M915, M916, M917, M918, M919 and M920. In the US Army it is referred as Light Equipment Transport (LET). It replaced in service the M123 tractor truck. These vehicles are found primarily in active and reserve transportation units. These units transport bulk supplies from ocean ports to division support areas within a theatre of operation.
The M916 is similar to the M915 tractor truck, but has a 6x6 configuration instead of 6x4. It has better off-road mobility than the M915.
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