Daimler Trucks North America LLC

President and CEO - Martin Daum

President’s Message

Daimler Trucks North America headquartered in Portland, OR, is the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.

Many companies have a standard description of their goods and operations, but I’d like to take this opportunity to share deeper insights into Daimler Trucks North America: namely, the people and products that have made us an industry leader.

As President and CEO, I’m privileged to lead thousands of the most talented people in the trucking industry. Comprised of skilled colleagues at every level, Daimler Trucks North America designs, builds, sells, and services some of the best commercial vehicle products in the world.


Products & Innovations

In 2012, DTNA introduced the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia® Evolution. Powered by the Detroit™ optimized powertrain and featuring some of the most advanced aerodynamic enhancements in the industry, the Cascadia Evolution delivers up to an additional 5 percent improvement in fuel economy over the 2013 Freightliner Cascadia model. It is clearly evident with the Cascadia Evolution that we are building upon our commitment to maximizing our customers’ bottom lines with new product advancements that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency.

The Daimler Trucks North America product portfolio covers a broad spectrum of technologically advanced solutions designed to meet varied customer needs, as well as the most recent EPA 2010 emission regulations and new GHG14 standards.

Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks has a long history of providing innovative technologies and product solutions to help customers “run smart” and benefit our environment.


Western Star Trucks

Western Star Trucks

Western Star has been growing consistently by offering the highest level of customization and quality to premium on-highway and vocational customers.


Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation’s extensive range of products includes chassis that are all electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, gasoline, and liquid propane.


Thomas Built Buses

Thomas Built Buses

Thomas Built Buses’ 95-year legacy as a leader in the school bus industry continues, thanks to innovative technologies and products that provide the ultimate in safe and reliable transportation.


Detroit Diesel Corporation

Detroit Diesel Corporation

Detroit Diesel Corporation’s Detroit™ brand is a new and critical framework for creating the most durable, reliable, and fuel-efficient drive trains in the industry.



Daimler Trucks North America strongly believes in protecting the environment and operating in a sustainable manner. Although many of our products are designed to burn fossil fuel, we take our responsibility seriously to minimize their environmental impact—not only from the perspective of vehicle operation, but also throughout the design and manufacturing process.

For example, two of our facilities have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status, while others are pursuing this distinction. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation in Gaffney, SC, and Thomas Built Buses in High Point, SC have both achieved this goal. The latter is also offsetting their electrical needs through solar panels installed on the facility’s grounds, a partnership with Duke Energy.

Through the global Daimler initiative, Shaping Future Transportation, Daimler Trucks North America has developed clean drive systems to meet customers’ needs for efficient transportation solutions that also limit impact on air quality. From hybrid technology to alternative natural gas or clean-burning diesel, all of these advancements save customers money through fuel economies, while also reducing emissions via optimized engines and powertrain systems.


Our People

Daimler Trucks North America’s employees come from all walks of life, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to their roles. We pride ourselves on the talented individuals who bring a wide range of perspectives to our corporate culture.

In addition to being consistently superior in their skills, our employees are also committed to the ongoing improvement of all aspects of our business. Supported by Daimler Trucks North America’s significant resources, they’re proud to challenge themselves—and their colleagues—to design, build, sell, and service the best products in the industry.

Clearly, I’m proud of this company. That’s why I wanted to not only describe our products, but also give you a sense of the dedication that’s behind them. It’s our employees’ commitment to excellence that makes Daimler Trucks North America an industry leader.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Martin Daum
President & CEO
Daimler Trucks North America