A quieter Sterling now comes with new options, DD15 engine
March 1, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - Detroit Diesel's new flagship engine, the DD15 is now available for order on Sterling Trucks, Sterling officials announced at the Technology and Maintenance Council meetings in Februar...
QUIETER RIDE: Sterling has made a number of sound-reducing improvements to its highway trucks.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Detroit Diesel’s new flagship engine, the DD15 is now available for order on Sterling Trucks, Sterling officials announced at the Technology and Maintenance Council meetings in February.
The new engine will be available on the Sterling Set-Back A-Line and Set-Back L-Line models. Detroit Diesel recently unveiled the new engine which it claims offers significant improvements in fuel economy and performance. It’s available in horsepower ratings of 455 hp to 560 hp with 1,550 to 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque.
“The DD15 is a great addition to our component offerings,” said Richard Shearing, manager of product strategy for Sterling Truck Corporation. “It’s a reliable, powerful engine that pairs well with our Set-Back A-Line and Set-Back LLine models for a complete transportation package for LTL and onhighway applications.”
The DD15 will eventually replace the long-running Series 60 and will in time be available on all heavy-duty Daimler truck models.
Sterling also unveiled several safety enhancements at TMC. A technology truck on display at the show featured a number of safety products that are now available on the Set-Back A-Line and Set-Back L-Line as well as the Set-Forward L-Line and the Acterra.
Proprietary air disc brakes are a new option, ideal for companies in tough applications that are hard on brakes or those that operate in hilly terrain.
“Spec’ing air disc brakes on all wheels eliminates the fade imbalance that results from mixing air disc and standard drum brakes, making the truck safer and easier to operate,” Shearing said. He added they also improve: response rate; stopping distances; brake life; and service intervals. Air disc brakes will be available for order in March with production getting underway mid-year, the company announced.
The Technology Truck also showcased Eaton’s new VORAD collision warning system and SmartCruise system. The latest generation of VORAD features a new cruise control regulating tool, a more compact sensor and a more user-friendly driver interface, the company said.
The Eaton VORAD VS-400 will be available for order in the fourth quarter.
Sterling Trucks can also be spec’d with Meritor WABCO’s roll stability control system, which helps mitigate rollovers by detecting when a rollover is imminent and taking action by de-throttling the engine and applying the engine brake as well as the drive and trailer axle brakes. The system is already available for order on Sterling trucks.
Sterling has also taken steps to improve the noise levels inside the cabs of its Class 8 vehicles. The company measured sound inside the cab and identified areas where noise was entering the cab. It then took a number of steps to reduce the entry of noise into the cab and Sterling officials told Truck News the changes “put us amongst the best in the industry for noise.”
Coupled with the DD15, which also runs extremely quiet, Sterling officials say they offer a “car-like” environment for drivers.