Daimler Trucks celebrates Freightliner, Western Star anniversaries
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is celebrating two significant anniversaries: 75 years of Freightliner Trucks and 50 years of Western Star Trucks, respectively. Since their founding days in 1942 respectively 1967, Freightliner and Western Star have put a total of about 3,200,000 trucks on the road. In the first half of 2017, Daimler Trucks has brought 42,300 units to market.
DTNA leads the market in classes 6-8 with a market share of 40.2% in the NAFTA region. DTNA produces vehicles of the Freightliner, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses brands. Its production network encompasses nine locations, including two facilities in Mexico located in Saltillo, Coahuila and Santiago Tianguistenco, State of Mexico.
In the year of its 75th birthday, Freightliner has started production of its flagship truck, the New Cascadia – Freightliner’s most connected truck ever, setting industry standards in connectivity solutions.
With fuel efficiency of up to 8% and even higher operating times, total cost of ownership is at an all-time low for customers.
Currently, over half of the class 8 orders are for New Cascadia. And it is expected that there will be a further significant increase as additional variants are rolled out throughout the rest of this year.
Freightliner offers the most connected truck fleet available – powered by the Truck Data Center, a hardware box integrated in every truck that provides communications capabilities for telematics systems. Today, over 275,000 of DTNA’s trucks in North America are already online.
Western Star on the other hand, celebrates its 50th anniversary with its recently launched 5700XE, its most fuel-efficient truck to date, and the 6900 Multi-Body-Transformer (MBT).
From the beginning, each Western Star truck has been built by hand, ensuring that every truck can be highly customized for each specific use case. Western Star can therefore offer trucks for a wide array of jobs, such as construction, the oil and gas industries, and mining. This approach is reflected in its diverse product line-up including a wide choice of axle, hood and sleeper configurations.