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December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCCC Head Carson Named to Lead Western Star Trucks

David Carson Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that David Carson, current president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA.

Tags: China, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star 5700XE Delivers Tree to Mich. State Capital

Image of 5700XE being loaded up with the Michigan state capital Christmas tree courtesy of Western Star.

The 2018 Western Star 5700XE, which was showcased at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in September, traveled from Atlanta to Stephenson, Mich., so a 61-foot white spruce Christmas Tree could be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and delivered to the Michigan state capital.

Tags: Michigan, Western Star, Christmas, 5700XE

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Offers Veterans Discounts on New Trucks

 Western Star 5700XD 68-inch Sleeper Photo: Western Star

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.

Tags: Discount, Western Star, Truck Sales, Veterans

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

DTNA Breaks Ground on Logistics Center

Stefan Pies, Henning O. Bruns, Bob Riley, and Joel Demelza break ground on a new logistics center at the Cleveland, N.C. Truck Plant. (Photo courtesy of DTNA)

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

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Truck Plant, Truck Manufacturing

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

New Connectivity, Analytics Options Coming for Detroit-Powered Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America officials gathered in Yountvile, California, to update trucking reporters on the latest Detroit connectivity and analytics advances. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

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.

Tags: Telematics, Detroit, Big Data, Data Analysis, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, Western Star

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Celebrates Half Century Mark

Western Star's newest Model 5700 paint scheme is based on colors and patterns the company used on show trucks in the 1970s. Photos: Jack Roberts

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.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, OOIDA

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Marking 50th Anniversary

Photo: Western Star

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.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, Daimler Trucks North America

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Quarterly Earnings

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates Milestones

1942 Freightliner Model 600 “Shovelnose photo courtesy of DTNA.

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.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Company Anniversaries, Daimler Trucks North America, 100th Anniversary, 75th Anniversary, 50th Anniversary

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Incorporated

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Dana Holding Corp., Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

May 12, 2016 - Product News

Western Star Debuts Extreme Duty Off-Road 'Transformer'

Western Start Trucks' new Extreme Duty MBT-40 configured as a 70-metric-ton tractor. Photo by Jim Park

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.

Tags: Western Star, Vocational Trucks, Severe Duty, Extreme Duty Trucks

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Opens Full-Service Dealership in Ohio

Tim Fyda, President, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Zanesville dealership. Photo: Fyda Freightliner

Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has opened a new 46,000-square-foot, full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Ohio, Dealership

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo Profits Lower Amid Slower Truck Sales

Earnings for two of the world’s largest truck makers moved lower in the first quarter, according to earnings reports issued Friday.

Tags: Volvo, Economy, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Dealer Group to Expand in Ohio

Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has started construction of a full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio, slated to open in April 2016.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Ohio, Dealership

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Rewards Drivers With Western Star Trucks

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to it's fleet this year. Photo courtesy of C.R. England

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.

Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention

July 7, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Recall to Replace Speedometers

Photo of Western Star 4900 by Jason Lawrence via Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.

The recall, set to begin Aug. 7, affects 21 2015-MY Western Star 4700, 4800 and 4900 trucks.

Tags: Western Star, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, 2015-MY, NHTSA

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Names New General Manager

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

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.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America

September 12, 2014 - Product 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

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

DTNA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Martin Daum and City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales celebrate ground breaking of Daimler Trucks North America's new headquarters campus.

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.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

UAW Members Approve New Daimler Trucks Contract

One of Daimler Trucks' Freightliner models on display during this year's Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: OEM, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Labor Unions

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

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

Tags: Volvo, OEM, Volvo Trucks, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Former Daimler Truck Head Renschler Leaves Daimler AG

The former head of Daimler Trucks, who was promoted nearly a year ago by parent Daimler AG to oversee production and purchasing of Mercedes Benz cars and vans, has abruptly left the company.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, People

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar, Daimler Report Lower Earnings and Revenue

Overall business and profits declined in the first quarter of the year for the parent companies of several truck makers.

Tags: Paccar, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Western Star

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