LAS VEGAS — Based on vocational customers' need for fifth-wheel options, Western Star has added a new 4700 tractor to its product lineup.
Since the March 2011 launch of the 4700 in a truck configuration, vocational-segment customers have seen the potential of the 4700 as a tractor, company representatives told journalists gathered here for some hands-on testing of the Western Star product line.
The 4700 tractor is designed to be a solution for bulk haul, local delivery and construction applications — or for any trailer loads that would benefit from the design and durability advantages associated with the premium badge, according to Western Star Truck Sales Inc.
“The response from our vocational customers has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re excited to expand our offering to new markets and customers that have been eager to experience the quality and customization of a Western Star,” said Guy Lemieux, marketing segment manager, Western Star.
Available in a set-forward and set-back day cab configuration, the 4700 tractor incorporates a high visibility hood, and a wide variety of fifth wheel and wheelbase selections.
The 4700 tractor also comes with a broad range of power offerings. From the lightweight Cummins ISC and ISL engines to the powerful Detroit DD13, the 4700 features ratings from 260 hp to 470 hp.
Combined with several transmission options, including the Allison automatic, Eaton manual, and Eaton UltraShift PLUS, the 4700 tractor can be spec’d perfectly for many regional and bulk haul applications.
“We’re very, very excited,” said Western Star General Manager Mike Jackson. “It’s the next evolution of what we started when we launched the 4700 last year. We expect it’s going to increase orders even more than what we’ve seen with our straight truck.”
In addition to the new tractor, the company also announced several new options for the 4700 product line. These include:
— Hendrickson and Watson Chalin lift axles: The benefits include varying weight savings, SPIF compliance, optimized packaging and added durability
— New roof fairings and side extenders: The addition of roof fairing and side extenders help to improve aerodynamic performance and maximize fuel efficiency.
— Chalmers suspension: The durability of the rubber spring suspension offers increased stability and traction for off-road applications, and lower maintenance costs on suspensions and other components such as tires.
The 4700 tractor and additional product updates are now available to order.
For more information about Western Star, and to find a local dealer, visit www.WesternStar.com or call 866-850-STAR (7827).
Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.
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