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Freightliner offers dual drive option on vocational M2s

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Freightliner's Business Class M2 106 and 112 vocational models are now available in a sit-down du...

PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner’s Business Class M2 106 and 112 vocational models are now available in a sit-down dual drive configuration.

Installed by Fontaine Modification, the dual drive feature is ideal for refuse and municipal applications requiring right-side driving and controls. It’s also recommended for applications such as road stripping and street sweeping. The company says it allows for smooth transitions from left- to right-hand drive operations and is the latest of several new options being offered on the Business Class M2 106 and 112V.

“Freightliner Trucks is the first OEM in the industry to offer this dual drive feature in a conventional truck as an available, published option,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “This is exciting news for all of our customers who require a right-hand drive feature in order to maximize their productivity and make their jobs easier.”

The new option can be spec’d prior to vehicle manufacturing so no aftermarket modifications or costs are involved, the company says. The package includes: left- and right-hand throttle and brake pedals; a right-hand gauge package; a four-spoke right-hand steering wheel with a self-canceling turn signal switch, headlight dimmer and wiper, washer and hazard controls; center console including ignition switch, transmission shift control, panel light dimmer control and cruise control switches; and a unique “toggle-to-work” switch that allows for easy engagement of right-hand drive operation. The toggle switch is located on the center console.

Trucks spec’d with the sit-down dual drive option must also be equipped with the Allison 2100, 2500, 3000 or 3500 transmission and individual driver and passenger seats as well as air brakes. The option is fully supported by Freightliner’s dealer network.

“With this right-hand drive option, the already outstanding capabilities of the Business Class M2 106 and 106V are further enhanced, allowing for maximum productivity, efficiency and ease of operation,” Lampert added.

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