Western Star celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2012 and to mark the event has launched a new version of its 4700 model in Las Vegas. The new truck is a tractor unit and was designed for bulk haul, local delivery and construction applications. With the introduction of the new truck the company extends the horizons of its strategy and hopes to fill the gaps in its lineup.
Mike Jackson, Western Star’s general manager said, “It didn’t take much to add a 5th wheel to our 4700 chassis, converting it to a tractor platform. It’s another way to enhance our product line by adding a lighter-weight tractor as well as one with a lower price point.”
The new tractor version of the Western Star 4700 is offered in both set-forward and set-back day cab configurations, and comes with a wide range of engines, wheelbases and transmissions. The engine range includes the Cummins ISC and ISL units together with the Detroit DD13, while the transmission offerings include Allison’s fully automatic units, Eaton manual gearboxes and Eaton’s UltraShift Plus automated transmission.
Talking about the new truck, Mike Jackson added “It’s part of our re-engagement effort in the market, to develop a diverse line of premium, rugged, customized yet traditionally-styled trucks that appeals the specialized trucking operator. Next, we’ll eventually be brining a natural gas-powered truck option to the market – that’s a natural step for us.”
The Western Star 4900 and 4800 were designed with power and versatility in mind. The trucks come with various options available which made them perfectly suited for a wide range of applications, starting with long hauls missions and finishing with vocational jobs.
The trucks are available in five configurations with both Day and Sleeper cabs and also with either set forward or set back axles and conventional or double steer configurations. Under the hood, the Western Star 4900 can be equipped with a choice of Detroit Diesel or Cummins engines which can develop up to 600 hp.
Daimler North America is recalling three models build in due to two small defects. According to the report the models that have been found with problems are the Freightliner Cascadia, Western Star 4900 and Freightliner Business Class M2. All the recalled vehicles will be serviced for free in Daimler facilities.
According to the press release, the Cascadia and 4900 models manufactured from Dec. 22, 2011, through Feb. 23 may be “equipped with driver’s seats with seat bases that could have out-of-specification welds that allow the seat to buckle unexpectedly”, hence affecting the driver’s position which could translate in losing control of the vehicle.
The 2012 Freightliner Business Class M2 and Cascadia vehicles manufactured from Jan. 20 through Feb. 17 may have been assembled with a steering wheel nut that may not provide the clamp load required to fully seat the steering wheel on the steering shaft.
The campaign starts this month and owners can contact the company at (800) 547-0712 and specify campaign number FL-624 for the seats problem or FL-623 for the steering wheel problem.
One of the toughest trucks built by Western Star is the 6900 model which can haul loads of up to 500.000 pounds. Designed as a severe duty vehicle the Western Star 6900 has a strong build quality and an imposing character.
The truck is also highly versatile and comes with a wide range of options which permit you to customize it according to specific needs. Thanks to its flexible character the Western Star 6900 is also available with twin steer configuration and can be use for long haul, construction, mining, logging, oil or gas and towing or recovery applications.
To be able to get its heavy duty tasks without thinking twice the 6900 is offered with a choice of Detroit diesel engines which can develop up to 600 hp and 2050 lb ft of torque.
The Western Star 4700 vocational model was engineered to meet the highest standards for construction and municipal applications. Western Star was already known for its reliable trucks and the 4700 makes no exception, being hand built with maximum attention to every detail. The truck is available in both SF (set forward axle) and SB (set BACK axle) configurations, and was designed especially for snow plow, dump, mixer, roll-off, crane and sewer vacuum applications.
The Western Star 4700 is offered with a choice of Detroit and Cummins engines with maximum outputs between 260-350 hp. The 4700 is priced around $110.000 and has a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of up to 64,000 pounds.