Ex­pec­ta­tion is high as Freight­liner cranks up Cas­ca­dia’s im­pend­ing ar­rival in Aus­tralia while wind­ing down its Ar­gosy pro­duc­tion

Australian Transport News - - Truck Reviews - WORDS STEVE BROOKS

The re­cent ap­pear­ance on so­cial me­dia of a cam­ou­flaged Freight­liner Cas­ca­dia at what is al­most cer­tainly an Aus­tralian test fa­cil­ity her­alds the first stage of an en­tirely new era for the brand in the Aus­tralian mar­ket. There has been much spec­u­la­tion over the past few years sur­round­ing Cas­ca­dia’s even­tual ar­rival on the Aus­tralian mar­ket, though for the most part Freight­liner’s lo­cal lead­ers have been re­luc­tant to dis­cuss tim­ing or spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tails.

How­ever, the ap­pear­ance on so­cial me­dia of the left-hand drive day-cab model ac­com­pa­nied by the words ‘the first dura­bil­ity test truck is here’, con­firms that en­gi­neer­ing eval­u­a­tion of Cas­ca­dia for the Aus­tralian mar­ket is un­der­way in prepa­ra­tion for an of­fi­cial launch early in 2020. While the im­age has been since with­drawn from the site, fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion of Cas­ca­dia’s up­com­ing launch has ar­rived with Freight­liner is­su­ing a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the planned de­par­ture of the Ar­gosy cab-over at the same time as Cas­ca­dia’s de­but on the Aus­tralian mar­ket. The an­nounce­ment fi­nally ver­i­fies re­peated as­ser­tions that Ar­gosy has been liv­ing on bor­rowed time. The press state­ment said

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