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DAIM­LER TRUCKS is cel­e­brat­ing two sig­nif­i­cant an­niver­saries in North Amer­ica this year – 75 years of Freight­liner Trucks and 50 years of West­ern Star Trucks.

Ac­cord­ing to Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­ica ( DTNA), Freight­liner and West­ern Star have put a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 3,200,000 trucks on the road since their found­ing days in 1942 and 1967 re­spec­tively.

In the first half of 2017, Daim­ler Trucks says that trend has con­tin­ued with 42,300 units en­ter­ing the mar­ket. In the year of its 75th birth­day, Freight­liner has started pro­duc­tion of its flag­ship truck, the New Cas­ca­dia, which Freight­liner says is its most con­nected truck ever.

The Truck Data Cen­ter, a hard­ware box in­te­grated in ev­ery truck, pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties for telem­at­ics sys­tems. To­day, more than 275,000 of DTNA’s trucks in North Amer­ica are said to be al­ready on­line. This year Freight­liner is re­flect­ing on its begin­nings. Seventy-five years ago founder Leland James could not find a truck pow­er­ful enough to meet con­di­tions in the west­ern United States, so he de­cided to build his own. Since then Freight­liner lays claim to launch­ing all-alu­minium cab in 1942, of­fer­ing an in­te­grated sleeper cab with raised roof in 1987, and in 2015 put the first li­censed, fully au­ton­o­mous truck on Amer­i­can high­ways, namely the In­spi­ra­tion Truck.

West­ern Star can trace its roots back 50 years to the Cana­dian log­ging and min­ing in­dus­tries. The brand has since es­tab­lished it­self as a premier vo­ca­tional and over-the-road heavy-duty truck man­u­fac­turer in the re­gion.

DTNA says the re­cently launched 5700XE is the most fuel-ef­fi­cient West­ern Star truck to date, and, with its 6900 Multi-Body-Trans­former, West­ern Star is re­ported to be gain­ing strong mo­men­tum in its an­niver­sary year.

In 2015 the West­ern Star 5700 XE was in­tro­duced – the XE stands for ex­treme ef­fi­ciency The 1942 Model 600 ‘Shov­el­nose’ along­side the 2017 New Cas­ca­dia

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