Freightliner Trucks is a US truck manufacturer and a brand of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks in North America. The division is known for the heavy-duty class 8 diesel trucks it offers as well as class 5-7 trucks.
The history of Freightliner began as Leland James, Managing Director of Consolidated Freightways, decided to manufacture his own trucks for his freight forwarder. In 1939 "Freightways Manufacturing Corp." was founded as a subsidiary company in Salt Lake City (Utah). One year later, the first CF-100 front-mounted truck with diesel engine was completed. Freightliner was registered as a trademark in 1942.
The company was taken over by Daimler-Benz in 1981 and has since been part of the Daimler Group. The company's headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon.
The company employs 19,000 people and exports to 35 countries. Today, Freightliner is the best-selling brand of heavy-duty trucks in North America.