The All New Western Star is Unveiled
Posted: 07-Oct-2020 |

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) unveiled the brand new Western Star platform in the United States. As the official distributor of Western Star Trucks across Australia and New Zealand, Penske has worked closely with DTNA over several years throughout the development process of the new trucks and will continue to do so in the lead up to the launch in our local markets.
Comprising the toughest, most tested, and most durable Western Star trucks, the new trucks will build on the rugged American heritage of the Western Star brand, with the technologically‐advanced safety and performance features that tomorrow’s market demands.

“We are thrilled to see the brand new Western Star platform unveiled today in the United States,” said Randall Seymore, President of Penske Australia & New Zealand.
“Here in Australia and New Zealand, Western Star has amassed a loyal customer base over the decades and we are confident our customers will be just as excited by today’s launch.

“We will be rolling out a testing program next year ensuring the new trucks are a perfect fit for our local conditions and applications.  

“We will continue to support our current Western Star truck portfolio which has been proven to thrive in our tough and unique conditions, and Penske is committed to continuing to provide our customers with the service excellence they have come to expect.
“Our launch plans for the new trucks will be revealed in due course, however we expect to see the trucks enter our local markets in late 2022 or early 2023.”

Also, Western Star introduced the all-new 49X, its next generation vocational truck built from the ground up to meet the needs of the most demanding applications. Underpinned by a stronger, lighter chassis and equipped with an all-new X-series cab, the 49X delivers maximum versatility in a purpose-built package. The all-new Detroit DT12 Vocational series of transmissions and industry-leading Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems offer proven innovation for best-in-class safety, improved productivity and maximum uptime.

“Our dealers, truck equipment manufacturers and, most importantly, our customers, rely on the dependability, reliability and sheer toughness of Western Star trucks,” said David Carson, senior vice president, Vocational segment, Daimler Trucks North America. “With the 49X, Western Star delivers on our promise of tough, while introducing segment-first safety features, an operator focused experience and easier upfit solutions that will keep our customers’ businesses running smoothly.”

“A vocational truck is a tool for a job,” noted Carson. “We’ve completely rethought the
foundation of the 49X to make it easier to upfit, deliver greater durability, return greater payload and improve productivity at the job site.”

The clean-sheet design of the Western Star 49X enables total weight savings of over 350 pounds in like-for-like spec’ing versus the current Western Star 4900 and that weight savings starts with an all-new vocational frame. Single channel frame rail options are available in a variety of thicknesses and feature best-in-class RBM (Resisting Bending Moment) strength rating for single channel of up to 3.7 million inch-lbs yielding greater durability and weight savings. For added strength, C-channel frame reinforcements are available that reach an RBM rating of 5.4 million inch-lbs. Multiple parent rail front frame extension options are available for applications requiring front-mounted equipment, such as a plow.

Clear back-of-cab packaging for the 49X allows for easier upfit with features that include:
forward mounted DEF tanks; standard in-cab battery box; multiple air tank mounting locations; air dryer mounted under hood (SBA) or under cab (SFA), optimized fuel tank sizes; a compact Detroit aftertreatment system; and functional dual vertical exhaust stacks. 
Ready to tackle the toughest jobs

“Our customers depend on Western Star trucks to stand up to grueling conditions,” continued Carson. “To engineer the 49X with the durability and reliability our customers need, we went to their jobsites – the oil fields of west Texas, plowing operations in New Hampshire, and logging operations of British Columbia. We developed the 49X with the input of those customers, and then tested it where they work to ensure it’s ready for the toughest environments.”

Under the hood, the 49X debuts the all-new and work-ready Detroit DT12 Vocational series of automated manual transmissions. Available as either the DT12-V or the DT12-VX and rated up to a GCWR of 330,000 pounds, the DT12 Vocational series was validated in over 35 million miles of testing to deliver performance and durability and can be mated to the venerable Detroit DD15 Gen 5 engine or workhorse Detroit DD16 engine, the largest and most powerful diesel engine available in the North American heavy truck market. Both engines come equipped with Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic services to increase uptime and productivity.

“Our bottom-line intent was to deliver a truck that benefits our customers’ bottom lines,” said
Carson. “We know the conditions our customers are working in, we know the challenges of their operations, and we know that productivity at the site matters most. That’s why the all-new 49X is purpose-built for durability, safety and maximum uptime – and for our customers.” 

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