Freightliner, an American truck and tractor unit, was founded in 1929 by a young chauffeur named James Leeland. Initially, he planned to create a small-scale truck with a cab located above the power unit, for the needs of the company in which he previously worked.
However, the first model became widespread in the United States of America market, making serious competition for the established giants of the truck segment. Since 1930, Freightliner engineers have been developing new types of suspension for future models of the company. In 1932-1935, trailers and the first refrigerators were released, which were aimed at keeping the cold inside the body for as long as possible.
In 1939, the company switched to the assembly of trucks under the American Bantam license for the US Army, returning to the production of tractors only in 1948. However, the following years were marked by the struggle for the existence of Freightliner in the tractor market. All new models brought only one loss, but thanks to the success of refrigerated trucks in the markets around the world, the company was able to hold the balance sheet and make a small profit. However, by 1980 the situation became so disastrous that the company's management had already started bankruptcy proceedings, however, in 1981 the brand was completely bought out by the Daimler concern, which had previously suffered several setbacks in the American tractor market. Freightliner's engineers have received adequate funding and access to all Daimler resources. From 1982 to 1993, 16 Freitliner models of all classes and modifications of trucks were presented, and the company was able to take a leading position in the sales of trucks in the USA and Canada. By 2009, the entire line of tractors and trucks of the company was completely renewed, which led to an increase in market share to 81%.