Sterling Truck Corp. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 launched the Sterling 360, a low cab-over-engine truck for light medium-duty applications. To be introduced this spring in Classes 4 and 5 and next year in Class 3, the 360 was developed through DaimlerChrysler’s “Global Excellence” initiative and built on a Fuso platform. Like Sterling and its parent Freightliner, Fuso is a DaimlerChrysler brand.
Although the 360 is similar to the Fuso product, the total package — including the support network, financing and upfitting options — is particular to Sterling, company officials said. “Sterling is now the only truck OEM to offer customers a full line of Class 3-8 vehicles, which allows us to reach a wider customer base and provides us with a platform for future product introductions,” says John Merrifield, senior vice president of distribution for Freightliner Group.
Among the benefits of the 360 compared to other trucks in its class is fuel economy, Sterling says. Based on independent testing, the company estimates that the truck produces savings of about $600 a year over competitive models. Other features include easy entry/egress, a larger cab compartment than competitors, a tight turn radius and a larger windshield for better maneuverability and visibility.
Specs and options for the Sterling 360 include:
Sterling has established a website for the 360 at www.betterallaroundtruck.com.