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With the Freightliner business sessions behind us, it was time to hit the streets of Yountville, Calif. and surrounding highways in a variety of Freightliner trucks. I first opted for the smallest of them, an M2 106 powered by a Cummins ISB6.7 engine producing 325 hp and 750 lb.-ft. of torque. This 26,000-GVWR can be driven sans CDL, but carrying a light payload it was grossly overpowered, which made it a lot of fun to drive!

The truck was equipped with an Allison 3000RDS with PTO provision and turned on the tip of a corkscrew. The body was a custom job from Knapheide, but since the truck was to be used as a SmartPlex training vehicle it housed flatscreen TVs instead of heavy tools, part of the reason it was so flush with power. Also back there was a Stellar 3315 electric crane. I love the paint job on this truck – look how the sun glints off it so. The M2 remains a popular truck in the Freightliner stable, given its versatility, handling and maneuverability.


James Menzies

James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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