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November 22, 2017

HDT's 2018 Class 8 Truck Preview

A host of new models and features show that 2018 will be a game-changer in terms of Class 8 truck productivity and technology.

November 10, 2017

Western Star Offers Veterans Discounts on New Trucks

Western Star Trucks and Daimler Truck Financial have announced that their program to give discounts on new trucks to U.S. and Canadian military veterans will continue throughout 2018.

September 8, 2017

DTNA Breaks Ground on Logistics Center

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) broke ground, paving the way for a modern logistics center at its Cleveland, N.C. truck manufacturing plant.

August 1, 2017

Minimizer Offers Custom Floor Mats for Western Star Trucks

Minimizer has released five more Custom Molded Floor Mat kits designed for model year 2016-2018 Western Star trucks.

July 27, 2017

New Connectivity, Analytics Options Coming for Detroit-Powered Trucks

Fleets of all sizes that are running Detroit powertrains are about to get access to several new tools that will make it easier to analyze the vast amount of data available from the truck – including not only engine fault code data, but also fuel efficiency and safety data.

July 20, 2017

Demise of the Dumb Dump Truck

Today’s dump trucks are smart, connected and integrated — but still tough enough to handle heavy loads in tough working conditions.

June 9, 2017

Smithco's Side-Dumper Is Strictly for Off-Road Running

While pulling the Smithco tipper, a Western Star 6900XD acted as a tractor, but it’s really a straight truck fitted with a fifth-wheel kit. This is part of Carco Industries' MBT-40 Multi-Body Transformer system. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor.

April 27, 2017

Western Star Celebrates Half Century Mark

Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.

March 7, 2017

Freightliner's Inside Man

Daimler Trucks North America's CEO just got a big promotion. And that could turn up the heat on the already scorching truck technology race on this side of The Pond, speculates Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog.

February 8, 2017

Western Star Marking 50th Anniversary

Western Star Trucks is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the milestone with special events throughout the year as well as with truck show appearances and a new website.

February 2, 2017

Earnings Watch: Daimler 2016 Profit Hits Record High

The parent company to names such as Freightliner, Western Star, and Mercedes reported the best year in the company’s history, and it's expanding investment in research and development, focusing on "digitization," autonomous tech and connectivity.

February 2, 2017

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates Milestones

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is set to celebrate a century of innovation with anniversaries of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star, and Thomas Built Bus brands.

November 21, 2016

Western Star Offers Bold Graphics Package for 5700XE

Western Star has added a new option for personalizing the 5700XE – the Phantom 2 Graphics package featuring new, modular components for more customization options.

October 21, 2016

Earnings Watch: Volvo Profit Falls While Daimler Gains

Earnings for two of the world’s biggest truck makers varied greatly in the third quarter, according to figures released on Friday, and both had a dim view of upcoming sales in the North American market.

October 17, 2016

Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

August 2, 2016

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

July 21, 2016

Earnings Watch: Daimler Profit Rises 3%, Dana Earnings Fall

Car and truck maker Daimler AG reported a slight increase in its second quarter profit, but it expects significantly lower truck sales for this year. Meanwhile, one supplier is feeling the effects of the slowing North American commercial vehicle market.

July 11, 2016

Earnings Watch: Daimler’s Adjusted Earnings Beat Forecasts

The second quarter earnings season got underway on Monday with Daimler AG unexpectedly releasing numbers showing its adjusted earnings in the second quarter of the year are “significantly above market expectations” – but the news did not carry over into its truck operations.

May 18, 2016

Focus On... Western Star's MBT-40 [Video]

The Multi-Body Transformer package recently unveiled by Western Star could be a game changer for the heavy construction and mining industries. Equipment Editor Jim Park, finds out how it works in the latest "Focus On" video. 

May 12, 2016

Western Star Debuts Extreme Duty Off-Road 'Transformer'

Western Star Trucks has just unveiled an extreme heavy-duty off-road chassis that could make owning multiple single-purpose trucks obsolete. The MBT-40 Transformer can pick up an drop truck bodies the way trash trucks pickup and drop roll-off containers.

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