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Making Dust in a Western Star

May 3, 2017 Rolf Lockwood

So I had some fun last week in Arizona with a few of Western Star’s latest trucks and the continuation of the company’s anniversary celebrations. They refer to it as ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Legendary Awesomeness’. No hyperbole there.

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Western Star Expands XD Lineup

May 1, 2017 by Rolf Lockwood

PHOENIX, AZ — Western Star has introduced a new member in its line of XD OffRoad trucks, the XD-25. It’s a 25-ton hauler aimed at smaller off-road applications, such as construction, mining, and quarry site hauling. Despite its size and bulk, it can manage on-the-road speeds up to 65 mph or 105 km/h, so in some cases it can be treated as an on/off-road machine.

While it looks something like a 4900, much more steel is involved in its construction. It’s by no means a converted highway truck.

The XD-25 presently comes with a 14-liter Detroit Series 60 Tier 3 engine mated to Allison Off Road Series transmissions and planetary gear sets. The motor will be replaced by year-end with a Detroit DD13.

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Western Star 5700XE: An Ultimate Test Drive

April 17, 2017 by Martin Smith

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big Classic-styled truck, but with second-to-one <> aerodynamics.

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Western Star 5700XE: An Ultimate Test Drive

April 17, 2017 by Martin Smith

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big Classic-styled truck, but with second-to-one <> aerodynamics.

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Western Star 5700XE: An Ultimate Test Drive

April 17, 2017 by Martin Smith

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big Classic-styled truck, but with second-to-one <> aerodynamics.

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Daum Reaches the Pinnacle

March 30, 2017 Rolf Lockwood

I’m writing this issue of the newsletter in absentia, so to speak, as it will be published while I’m away from computers and unable to stay in touch. To be more precise, I’m a week early in posting this so forgive me if giant events occur between now and the 22nd and they’re not covered here. Then again, this report isn’t intended as a news vehicle.

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DTNA appoints Roger Nielsen as president, CEO

March 23, 2017 by sehui

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has named Roger Nielsen as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DTNA and its affiliate companies Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Cooperation, and Detroit Diesel Corporation effective April 1.

Nielsen will be succeeding Martin Daum, who as of March 1, became Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses.

“Roger Nielsen brings a rock solid product, manufacturing and sales background to this position paired with a razor-sharp focus on technology, quality and customer service. He has an excellent track record as an influential leader in the industry,” said Daum. “Having worked closely with Roger for so many years, I am certain that DTNA, its people and all its brands are in the best hands.”

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Daum replaces Bernhard as Daimler Trucks chief

March 1, 2017 by John Smith

STUTTGART, GERMANY – Martin Daum will lead Daimler Trucks and Daimler buses as a member of the board of management effective March 1, the company has announced. The appointment is for five years. Daum has been president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America since 2009, overseeing Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis, and Detroit Diesel. Prior to that he was a member of the management team at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe, and vice president – production for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, as well as being responsible for the world’s biggest truck plant in Worth.

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“Badass” Western Star celebrates the Big 5-0

February 8, 2017 by Peter Carter

QUEBEC CITY, QC — What do Western Star and Pamela Anderson have in common? They were both born in British Columbia in 1967, and both the truck and actress went to fame far beyond provincial boundaries. While we can’t tell you how Ms. Anderson is celebrating the big 5-0, we do know Western Star — which company president Kelley Platt describes as the “most badass truck on the road” — intends to mark its anniversary with a year of special events, truck show appearances, and an enhanced website.

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Western Star Gets Aero

January 24, 2017 by Jim Park

LAS VEGAS- In a marked departure from its traditional market, Western Star is introducing a new aerodynamic on-highway truck, the 5700 XE. In the past, Western Star has been associated with rugged logging and non-highway work. The labels “fuel efficient” […]

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Western Star graphics

November 23, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

A new factory-installed graphics package is available now to customize Western Star 5700XE models

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Western Star’s new 5700XE

September 1, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

The all-new 5700XE highway tractor features aerodynamic innovations while maintaining the traditional tough and rugged Western Star look

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PHOTO GALLERY: Western Star Transformer, 5700 XE

May 17, 2016 by John Smith

GREENVILLE, SC — Western Star unveiled updates to the 5700 as well as a new Extreme Duty (XD) Offroad package and MBT-40 Transformer chassis last week. Here’s a sneak peek of a few images from the Larens Proving Grounds. For complete coverage, see the July edition of Today’s Trucking.

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Western Star unveils true transformer

May 16, 2016 by John Smith

GREENVILLE, SC – Western Star enjoyed time on the silver screen when a pre-production model of the 5700 was customized to star as Optimus Prime in an installment of Transformers. But the manufacturer’s true “transformer” was unveiled to media at the Laurens Proving Grounds on Thursday.

A new Extreme Duty (XD) Offroad package was unveiled along with the MBT-40 Transformer chassis, which with a 68,000-pound Palfinger G68 hooklift is able to switch from watering truck to dump body in less than 10 minutes – quicker than it would take to refuel. And the open platform means there are other applications to come, ranging from cranes to fuel and lube trucks. That means much higher productivity for construction companies and mines that might traditionally leave specialized trucks parked for extended periods.

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Aftertreatment System Warranty

October 14, 2015 by Rolf Lockwood

SelecTrucks offers new aftertreatment system warranty coverage on both Detroit and Cummins engines in used Freightliner and Western Star trucks