Daimler Trucks North America is discontinuing production of the Western Star 5700 XE on-highway truck, but it said it will soon announce a successor product.
According to published reports, some 5700XE customers have gotten notification that their orders have been cancelled and that the truck was being discontinued. Of course, supply-chain issues that have been crimping truck production have resulted in many other cancellations, as well, so we asked DTNA about reports that the 5700XE had been discontinued. A spokesman sent the following statement:
“DTNA has elected to discontinue production of the Western Star 5700 XE, effective with the end of the 2021 calendar year. Since 2015, the 5700 XE successfully answered the market need for the previously unaddressed premium on-highway segment, and Western Star will continue to serve that segment and our valued customers well into the future.
“An official announcement and additional details regarding an all-new, state-of-the-art successor product for the 5700 XE will be shared in the near future.”
DTNA unveiled the 5700XE in late 2014, a new on-highway Western Star flagship that was said to be 14% more aerodynamic than its predecessor (the 4900), and the second-most aerodynamic truck in the DTNA portfolio, next to the Cascadia.
Its target market was owner-operators, small- to medium-sized fleets, and fleets looking for a unique look and brand, along with fleets looking for a premium reward truck for their drivers.
In just a little over a year, Western Star has introduced two brand-new vocational models, the 49X and the 47X.
David Cullen contributed to this story.
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