DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY FOR DAIMLER TRUCKS
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