Daimler Trucks recently revealed its latest right-hand drive Freightliner Cascadia truck at an exclusive event in Sydney. The new model, according to Daimler, is “the most advanced conventional truck in Australia.”
Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, spoke at the event, explaining that the model on display was designed specifically for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
“There is no such thing as a world truck,” Daum said, according to Prime Mover. “We listened to our customers in Australia and New Zealand and developed this great truck specifically for them.”
Customers will get to choose between two Detroit engines that utilize an improved SCR system and advanced common rail injection. One is a 16-litre DD16 with up to 600hp and 2050lb/ft; the other is a 13-litre DD13 with up to 505hp and 1850lb/ft. Both satisfy US GHG 17 emissions standards, according to Prime Mover.
Freightliner Australia Pacific Director, Stephen Downes, emphasized that the truck is tailor made for Australian conditions.
“We run our trucks hotter, harder and longer so we needed to make sure the Australian Cascadia would be up to the task,” he said, adding, “We made some changes and are extremely confident this truck is ready to start saving money for our customers and delivering an on-road experience we know drivers will love.”
Daniel Whitehead, president and CEO of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific, said the vehicle set a new standard for Australian trucking:
“This is quite simply the best conventional truck available in Australia and raises the bar to a new level. Whichever way you look at it, from its remarkable fuel efficiency to its advanced safety features, connectivity and driver comfort, the Cascadia is way out in front of its competitors.”