Western Express orders 900 Freightliner Cascadias with 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15 engines

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Updated Jun 1, 2010

Freightliner Trucks announced that Western Express Inc. has ordered 900 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel Corporation DD15 engines featuring BlueTec emissions technology. Western Express is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and provides dry van, flatbed, dedicated and brokerage truckload transportation services.

A longtime Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Diesel customer, Western Express says it selected the Cascadia for its fuel efficiency, reliability and driver comfort, and that the addition of the DD15 engine to the Cascadia further enhances the truck’s power and performance. The order entails a three-year agreement covering nearly 2,800 trucks and will make Western Express predominantly an all-Freightliner vehicle fleet, says Wayne Wise, chief executive officer and president for Western Express.

“I am excited about this order and what it means to our customers and associates,” Wise says. “This continues our commitment to going green, reducing our carbon footprint, and the EPA SmartWay program. We delayed our purchase of new tractors in anticipation of this new technology.”

The aerodynamic Cascadia was designed specially to incorporate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 emissiosn engines, and the DD15 engine was built for BlueTec, Detroit Diesel’s solution for meeting the 2010 EPA emissions standards, which can provide up to 5 percent better fuel economy compared to the impressive DD15 EPA 2007.

“With the powerful combination of the Freightliner Cascadia and BlueTec-equipped DD15, customers like Western Express know that we can provide a complete and effective solution for EPA 2010 that will keep them running smart at every turn,” says Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.