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March 18, 2015

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

February 9, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: 5700XE Desert Road Test

In the final installment of this Ultimate Test Drive video Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the new Western Star 5700XE to the Nevada desert to put the truck through its paces on tough roads and steep grades.  Part 1, Part 2Part 3

February 3, 2015

Western Star Names New General Manager

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

February 3, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Tech

In this installment of the Ultimate Test Drive, we look at some of the high tech features of the Western Star 5700XE including new engine, body and safety enhancements. 

Part 1  Part 2

January 29, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Walk Around

Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the Western Star 5700XE checking out some of the innovative features inside and out in the latest Ultimate Test Drive video. Check out Part 1 here

January 28, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Designing the 5700XE

In this Ultimate Test Drive video, the designer of the Western Star 5700XE talks about the time and effort that were put into designing a truck that not only looks good, but is aerodynamic and functional. 

January 13, 2015

Tru-Track Axles Offered Through Direct Ship

Watson and Chalin introduced the Tru-Track 13K and 20K steerable lift axles at Freightliner and Western Star. The axles are available through a direct ship program.

December 15, 2014

2014 Class 8 Update

We take a look at the current and upcoming models from Class 8 manufacturers.

December 15, 2014

Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody’s Buying

Builders report order upswings of 20% and more, along with gains for proprietary diesels and automated transmissions.

November 19, 2014

Western Star Offers Limited-Edition Calendar

A new 2015 limited-edition calendar from Western Star features the theme, “Tough Challenges vs. Tougher Trucks."

November 14, 2014

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

September 19, 2014

Sneak Peak Video: Western Star 5700XE

It's bold, it's edgy, it's unique. Meet the 5700XE, Western Star's first every truly aerodynamic highway truck. Equipment Editor Jim Park offers a sneak peak of an upcoming Ultimate Test Drive video.

September 17, 2014

The New Western Star 5700XE

Market research conducted by Western Star showed that even the die-hard classic truck aficionados acknowledge that fuel economy should be an important part of a truck spec. So Western Star has a delivered a truly classic styled truck with aerodynamic performance they say goes toe-to-toe with any truck on the road today. Here's a closer look at the 5700XE. Read more about it here.

September 12, 2014

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

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.

August 20, 2014

Western Star Offering ADZ Series Suspensions

Western Star is now offering SAF-Holland Neway ADZ series heavy-duty drive axle air-suspensions as an option for its 4800, 4900 and 6900 truck models.

July 21, 2014

DTNA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

The total headquarters project requires a $150 million investment by Daimler Trucks North America. Work began in April 2014 to clear the land for construction of the new building with project completion slated for early 2016.

May 22, 2014

Integrated Powertrain Debuts from Detroit

DETROIT -- Detroit Diesel introduced its new Integrated Detroit Powertrain Thursday at an event in Detroit. The powertrain package brings together the company’s DD15 engine, DT12 transmission and Detroit axles.

May 19, 2014

UAW Members Approve New Daimler Trucks Contract

United Auto Workers employees at Daimler Trucks North America’s facilities located in Cleveland, Mt. Holly and Gastonia, North Carolina, have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.

April 30, 2014

Daimler Trucks Profit Doubles, Volvo Swings Back to Profitability

Profit for truck, engine and carmaker Daimler AG soared in the first quarter of the year, while competitor Volvo has reported a profit following a loss a year ago

April 7, 2014

Past and Future Mingle at MATS

Where in the same exhibit hall could you see a stagecoach, a 1964 White Freightliner cabover, an '85 Dodge Ram and a sleek Jetsons-like tractor-trailer with a carbon fiber trailer? Deborah Lockridge explains in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

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