Western Star renames truck models

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Western Star Truck Sales has announced new naming for its full line of truck models. The company recently introduced its newest Class 8 vocational truck – the Western Star 4700 – at the 2011 Work Truck Show, which served as the starting point for its new line-up.

“With the addition of the Western Star 4700 to our product line, we decided to better distinguish between the multiple configurations that are available within the brand,” says Mike Jackson, general manager of Western Star. “Our improved nomenclature enables our customers and dealers to easily select the right premium truck model and axle position to suit their needs.”

The new naming strategy builds on Western Star’s tradition of numerical notation and separates the company’s trucks into four distinct models: the 4700, 4800, 4900 and 6900. All axle configurations also are represented and include the set-forward (SF), set-back (SB) and twin-steer (TS). Western Star’s full product nomenclature includes:
• 4700SF and 4700SB: The latest addition to Western Star’s product line, the 4700 truck models are suited for the dump, plow, sewer vacuum, crane, roll-off and mixer applications. The 4700 has a 110-inch BBC and is available with power ratings from 260 to 450 hp.
• 4800SF, 4800SB and 4800TS: Formally within the 4900 product line, the new 4800 series has a 109-inch BBC and is available with power ratings from 350 to 450 hp. The 4800 is suited for more demanding construction, government, refuse and utility applications.
• 4900SF, 4900SB, 4900XD, 4900EX and 4900TS: The 4900 product line is suited for long-haul and severe duty vocational applications. The 4900SF, 4900SB and 4900XD feature a 123-inch BBC. The 4900 EX features a 132-inch BBC extended hood version. Power ratings for the 4900 range from 350 to 600 hp.
• 6900XD and 6900TS: The 6900 models are built for extreme duty applications such as mining and oil field operations and feature a 141-inch BBC with power ratings from 425 to 600 hp.

Western Star also announced that it has updated the interior for all of its truck models, including the recently introduced 4700. The enhanced interior features customizable compartments and shelving, and brighter color options, as well as:
• A new interior door with roomier door panels for logbooks and maps;
• Maximized storage space with improved flexibility, including larger cabinets and moveable sleeper shelving;
• Color choices such as smoky mountain grey, pacific forest green, maple leaf red and prairie buckskin to brighten up the sleeper, and easy-to-clean vinyl roof panels also have been included in all interior option levels; and
• An electronic interface prep package with factory-installed mounting and power connections to enable customers to choose their own applications such as navigation systems and Bluetooth enabled cell phones.

In addition, a new 34-inch Stratosphere sleeper option is now available for the 4800 and 4900 models. The sleeper combines a significant amount of additional headroom and greater storage space with the look and feel of a day cab, and also features Western Star’s enhanced interior color and storage options, while the specially contoured roof fairing improves cab-to-trailer gap while reducing the chance of contact with a refrigeration unit.

Also, the Horton DriveMaster Two-Speed Arctis Fan Drive now is available for the 4700, 4800, 4900 and 6900 models. Alternating between eddy current and spring-actuated cooling, Horton’s fan drive technology is designed with precise, highly efficient temperature control of the engine, as well as reduced operating noise levels. Other benefits include more horsepower for auxiliary systems, less radiator abrasion from dust and debris, and less wear and maintenance on fan belt, belt tensioner and HVAC components, all contributing to enhanced engine power and efficiency.