End of an era as much-loved icon makes way for Cascadia
FREIGHTLINER Australia has announced the current generation Argosy model will not be replaced.
The company said the much-loved American cabover model would depart Australian showrooms in early 2020, the same year it launches the all-new Freightliner Cascadia.
“For nearly two decades, the Argosy has been a fantastic model for Freightliner,” Freightliner Australia Pacific director Stephen Downes said.
“It is fitting that we say goodbye to the venerable Argosy in the same year we welcome the cutting-edge Cascadia, which will signal the beginning of an exciting new era for Freightliner in Australia.”
The iconic Argosy arrived in Australia in late 1999 and soon developed a strong following among customers who valued the combination of a spacious cabover design and muscular American power.
Currently, the Argosy is available with the choice of Detroit 15-litre DD15 or X15 Cummins 15-litre in-line six-cylinder engines.
Australia and New Zealand are the only markets where the Argosy is sold, with the nameplate departing the US market in 2004 and exiting the South African market in 2014.
The best-selling heavy duty truck in the US is the Freightliner Cascadia and a right-hand drive development program to bring the truck to Australia is underway.
Meanwhile, the Argosy sold here continues to undergo changes in response to customer feedback.
These include an Australian-manufactured dashboard skin, reinforcement of the automatic fold-out step for increased durability and the recent introduction of optional features such as blind-spot monitoring systems.
Freightliner Australia said a new “down-speeding” Eaton UltraShift option would soon be introduced for Detroit DD15 engines, delivering a significant fuel economy improvement.
The Freightliner Argosy is on its last days as the hype builds for its replacement.