End of an era as much-loved icon makes way for Cas­ca­dia

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

The Freight­liner Ar­gosy is on its last days as the hype builds for its re­place­ment.

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