Daimler Trucks North America is marking the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, NC plant. The 1,000th vehicle - a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck, manufactured at the Mt. Holly plant.

"DTNA has worked closely with our partners and customers to develop leading-edge hybrid solutions that shape future transportation by maximizing fuel efficiency while also benefiting the environment," said Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing for DTNA. "And it is because of the shared dedication between us, our partners and customers that we were able to reach this important 1,000thvehicle milestone."

Last spring, DTNA further demonstrated its leadership in hybrid technologies with the announcement of the opening of its Local Hybrid Application Center in Portland, Ore. An extension of Daimler's Global Hybrid Center in Japan, the Local Hybrid Application Center will spearhead DTNA's product research and development for hybrid and alternative fuel solutions in North America.

The Local Hybrid Application Center will work closely with the Global Hybrid Center to implement products that specifically meet the needs of the North American market.

DTNA's commitment to green technologies is part of Daimler AG's global "Shaping Future Transportation" initiative. Launched in Stuttgart, Germany in 2007, the initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide, and fuel consumption.

The Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid features the same benefits of the Freightliner Business Class M2, such as outstanding visibility and maneuverability, with the added efficiency and environment-friendly features of hybrid power. The Business Class M2 106 Hybrid also can be easily configured for a wide variety of bodies for different applications, such as beverage, dump, government, landscape, towing, utility vehicles, and emergency.

More info: www.daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com.