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  • Western Star’s “Wings of Awesomeness” continue to soar for 2018

    January 11, 2018 5:24PM by Truck West

    PORTLAND, Ore. – John Denver may have been on the “wings of an eagle,” but Western Star drivers can be on the “Wings of Awesomeness.” For the limited edition graphics package’s 50th anniversary, the truck producer is extending its popular

  • Daimler names new Western Star Trucks boss

    December 5, 2017 9:08AM by Truck News

    PORTLAND, Ore. – David Carson has been named president of Western Star Trucks, and chief diversity officer for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). He is currently president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., and will replace Kelley Platt, who has been

  • Western Star extends military veteran discount program into 2018

    November 10, 2017 12:28PM by Truck West

    PORTLAND, Ore. – If you’re a Canadian or U.S. military veteran, Western Star and Daimler Truck Financial (DTF) has an early Christmas gift for you. The company will be extending its Western Star VetStar Military Appreciation Program, which offers discounts

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    Western Star trucks get new options

    September 25, 2017 1:20PM by Truck News

    ATLANTA, Ga. – The Western Star brand turns 50 this year, and for its birthday, it’s receiving several new options. “We’re continually adding new options that contribute to the truck’s performance and our customers’ bottom lines,” said Samantha Parlier, vice-president,

  • Daimler breaks ground on new logistics center

    August 25, 2017 4:50PM by Truck News

    CLEVELAND, N.C. – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has broken ground on its new logistics center at the company’s truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C. Expected to be completed early 2019, the center represents a $27 million investment in Daimler’s

  • Western Star adds new options, 25-ton XD OffRoad hauler

    April 27, 2017 8:01PM by Truck News

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Western Star has added a new 25-ton hauler to its XD OffRoad line of equipment, aimed at smaller off-road applications, such as construction, mining, and quarry site hauling. “The XD-25 provides yet another extreme duty option for

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    At 50, Western Star just getting started

    April 27, 2017 5:06PM by James Menzies

    From humble Canadian roots, Western Star celebrates 50 years in business

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    Western Star turns 50

    February 9, 2017 6:50AM by Truck News

    QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Western Star dealers recently gathered in Quebec City for their annual dealer meeting and to mark the truck maker’s 50th anniversary. The company says it will mark its milestone year with a series of special events,

  • Pair of Canadians place in Top 3 for Western Star’s ‘Get Tough Challenge’

    February 2, 2017 3:16PM by Derek Clouthier

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Western Star Trucks held its ‘Get Tough Challenge’ during the World of Concrete 2017 (WoC) show in Las Vegas last month, awarding prizes to the Top 3 finishers each day, including a pair of Canadian competitors

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    Western Star shows off real-life Transformer

    May 13, 2016 9:07AM by James Menzies

    Can be converted from water to dump truck in less than 10 minutes

  • Western Star increases sales, defying slumping truck market

    May 12, 2016 5:30PM by James Menzies

    LAURENS, S.C. — Slumping truck sales have not kept Western Star from growing its market share and sales numbers so far this year. Kelley Platt, president of Western Star, said she believes the truck maker she oversees is the only

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    Michael Jackson retiring as Western Star g.m.

    February 3, 2015 4:40PM by Truck News

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Star boss Michael Jackson is retiring March 31. The general manager of Western Star Truck Sales has held that position since 2009, and has spent 10 with the company in various other roles. “The Western Star


    September 16, 2014 9:12AM by James Menzies

    So, the 5700 is a great addition to the Western Star lineup, as it allows the brand to play in the full-aero segment of the Class 8 market, which comprises about 65% of the entire market. But even before the

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    September 16, 2014 9:10AM by James Menzies

    Stable. Solid. Sexy. Three words that describe how the Western Star 5700 looks and feels on the highway. I had the opportunity to take it on a two-hour drive in the Nevada desert and I loved every minute of it.

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    September 16, 2014 9:07AM by James Menzies

    Okay, so I had a really, really good reason to miss that platooning demonstration. I was in Las Vegas for the introduction of the Western Star 5700, the truck maker’s first foray into the aerodynamic on-highway tractor segment. It’s been