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September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star's 5700XE as the wind sees it. Photo by Jim Park.

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Hits SuperTruck Goals Ahead of Schedule

Artist rendering of Daimler's SuperTruck. Credit: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday it has realized the objectives of its SuperTruck program one year ahead of schedule. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the SuperTruck program is an ambitious five-year research and development initiative focused on improving freight efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of Class 8 trucks.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, DOE, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Execs Upbeat About Truck Sales, Concerned About CARB

Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Trucks. Photo by Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck orders at Daimler Trucks North America over the past four months are up 30% over the previous year, so the company has been gradually ramping up production and expects a strong 2014. However, the involvement of the California Air Resources Board in writing the next round of federal emissions regulations has them concerned.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Truck Sales, GHG, Daimler Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Execs Share Successes, Peek into Future

From left, Martin Daum, Wolfgang Bernhard, and new Daimler global communications director for commercial vehicles, Florian Martens. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Although truck sales are not where they thought they would be a year ago, Daimler Trucks executives say they've achieved a list of goals and are solidly on top in U.S. market share – but they'd like to see the U.S. government take some steps to provide a more stable economic environment and incentivize the purchase of new, cleaner-burning trucks.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA2013

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds Sleepers, Aero, Long-range Tanks to NG Lineup

As interest in natural gas power broadens, Freightliner is adding options that appeal to fleets wanting greater range and fuel savings technologies. The company plans to increase the operating range of some natural-gas-fueled trucks out to 800 miles.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Agility Fuel Systems, Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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