Sterling begins operations in Australia

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Sterling Truck Corp. has formed an Australian division to distribute vehicles Down Under.

Sterling will sell its LT7500, LT9500, and AT9500 conventional trucks through the former Ford Australia truck dealer network, the company said. The dealers committed to carry Sterling vehicles after Ford Motor Co. sold its heavy-truck product line to Freightliner Corp.

Freightliner Corp. is Sterling Truck Corp.’s parent company. Sterling Trucks Australia is a division of Mercedes-Benz Australia, but will operate as a separate entity, with its own sales, service, and dealer network.

The company is headquartered in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria.

The trucks will be engineered with right-hand-drive and made at Sterling’s assembly plant in St. Thomas, Ont., which produces all conventional Sterlings sold in North America. The trucks will be shipped to Australia as completed vehicles.

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