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MATS Report: Western Star unveils new configuration, limited edition truck and expanded service capabilities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Western Star is now offering a 109-inch BBC twin steer version of its 4900 FA which the com...


This leather seat is one of the interior enhancements offered in Western Star's Limited Edition '67.
This leather seat is one of the interior enhancements offered in Western Star's Limited Edition '67.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Western Star is now offering a 109-inch BBC twin steer version of its 4900 FA which the company says will deliver better off-road maneuverability and handling.

 

The new configuration will be ideal for construction and severe-duty applications such as West Coast mixers and super-dump applications, according to the company. The new version features a three-degree wheel cut improvement over previous designs, Western Star announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

 

“The new 4900 FA configuration option is yet another way Western Star is working to meet the needs of our vocational customers” said Rich Shearing, senior manager of product strategy for Western Star. “Not only will it allow for better off-road capabilities and a tighter turning radius, the factory installed BBC option is more cost efficient when compared to an aftermarket conversion.”

 

Western Star also introduced a new limited edition ’67 truck at the show. The new limited edition 4900 features a customized Detroit Diesel DD15 engine under the hood and special interior appointments inside, the company announced. Only 100 of these trucks will be built this year, according to Western Star.

 

The DD15 engine will have 560 hp and 1,967 lb.-ft. of torque, which is Detroit Diesel’s most powerful engine currently available. The engine will only be available in this limited edition Western Star truck, according to the company.  

 

“We are very excited to honour Western Star’s heritage with this one-of-a-kind limited edition truck,” said Shearing. “Coupled with the most powerful DD15 engine to date, the Limited Edition 67 will allow Western Star customers to experience the same ruggedness and durability expected of the 4900 with more power and improved performance.”

 

Western Star also announced at the show that it will now offer Western Star ServicePoint-branded repair services through Petro:Lube facilities at Petro Stopping Centers in the US. Select locations will join the network immediately, according to the company, with the remainder of the Petro:Lube locations joining the network through the summer.

 

“Our new partnership with Petro:Lube not only makes minor maintenance more convenient for our customers, it also allows them to make just one stop for truck repairs, safety and comfort,” said Jack Conlan, senior vice-president, service and parts for Daimler Trucks North America.

 


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