Western Star introduces new Class 8

4700 model intended for construction, municipal markets

"We know the 4700's efficient and convenient wiring interface and access panels will set the benchmark for the way body builders connect their equipment," said Jackson. "We've already received praise from those who have seen the new Raceway, and are confident the positive feedback will continue."

The truck also features point-to-point wiring - ideal for field serviceability in remote locations. An add-on multiplex option is also available.

Strength and durability

Vocational applications demand strong, yet lightweight frames, and the 4700 meets this need with a new, half-inch, 3.2 million RBM single channel frame rail option - ideal for customers operating in corrosive environments - that reduces weight and maximizes payload in a single frame, Jackson said. Plus, the single channel rail is custom punched to eliminate unnecessary holes that can reduce frame strength.

In addition to the frame, the 4700 features multiple mid-chassis packaging solutions to help body builders achieve the clean back-of-cab they need for optimal body installation.

For example, in-cab batteries free 17 to 34 inches of rail space for body equipment installation, and the 4700's DEF and air tanks can be placed under the cab to free up additional rail space.

"By utilizing Daimler Trucks' industry-leading EPA 2010 one-box after treatment system design, we provide our customers with more customization and body capabilities over competitors who use a two-box system, which prevents clean back-of-cab," he said.

The routing and clipping of air and electrical lines down the chassis are suspended away from the frame rails to reduce the chance that the lines will rub against the rail - creating issues that can result in downtime. By suspending these away from the rail, road debris can pass behind, rather than build up on the bundle, ultimately decreasing abrasion.

The 4700 will be available to order from Western Star’s 100 stand-alone dealers and 150 dual-branded Western Star and Freightliner dealerships in North America in the third quarter of 2011, with targeted delivery in early 2012.

Headquartered in Fort Mill, SC, Western Star Trucks Sales produces heavy duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America.

Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4 to 8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

For more information, visit www.WesternStar.com .

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