Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc. is an American truck manufacturer headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and a subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America, which is an independent subsidiary of the multinational Daimler Truck.

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc.
Founded1967 (1967), Kelowna, Canada
FounderWhite Motor Company
Key people
Roger Nielson (President, CEO)
Dave Carson (President)
ParentDaimler Truck North America
SubsidiariesERF (1996–2000)

History Edit

A 1997 "heritage"-style Western Star 4900

In 1967 White Motor Company started the Western Star division as White Western Star with a new plant at Kelowna, British Columbia, sharing headquarters with White in Cleveland, Ohio. White Western Star trucks in that era typically used cabs from its sister company, Autocar. Western Star production was moved to Ogden, Utah, but the brand was not included in the 1981 sale of White's truck business to Volvo, instead being sold to Bow Valley Resources and Nova Corporation, each owning 50%.[1][2][3]

In 1991, Western Star Trucks was purchased by the owners of the Western Star Australian subsidiary, Terry Peabody and Bob Shand.[1] Western Star Trucks acquired the bus manufacturer Ontario Bus Industries (renamed Orion Bus Industries) in 1995. ERF trucks was purchased by Western Star in 1996.[4][5] It was sold in 2000 to MAN.[6]

In 2000, Western Star was purchased by DaimlerChrysler, becoming part of the Freightliner Trucks division.[2][7][8]

In 2002, Western Star production was moved to a plant in Portland, Oregon.[9] In May 2015, the Daimler Truck North America plant in Cleveland, North Carolina, began to build 4700 and 4900 models, as well as assemble all new semi tractor 5700XE models.[10]

More recently, Western Star MBT 40 trucks operated for bauxite mining in Guinea.[citation needed]

Current Models Edit

In 2022 Western Star announced and released the X Series of trucks to market, replacing the then current "Constellation" Series which had been in production since 1998/99. The new X series of Western Star trucks includes; 47X, 48X (Australia only), 49X and 57X.

Previous Models Edit

Western Star previously offered the following models:

  • The 4700 Series was Western Star's entry-level model and was available in truck and tractor applications, both with a 110-inch (2,790 mm) BBC. In vocational applications, its engineering helped reduce upfitting time and costs for body builders, and could be outfitted for virtually any vocational application. For on-highway use, the 4700 was available in a daycab and with 40" sleeper configuration and was primarily used in short haul applications.
  • The 4800 Series offered more powerful engine options than the 4700 and featured a 109-inch (2,770 mm) BBC. Western Star provided the truck as a bare chassis and cab, which could be fitted with a dump body, mixer, tank, crane, or other structure by a bodybuilding company as desired by the customer. The factory-installed twin steer option was also popular on this model for dump and mixer applications. Tractor versions were also available.
    Western Star 5700XE
  • The 4900 Series featured a 123-inch (3,120 mm) BBC. This was a multi-use truck/tractor which was targeted at a variety of industries. The truck could be built as a tractor with fifth wheel, bare chassis for a bodybuilder to outfit, or a lowered-cab model (Low Max) for auto hauling. The 4900 was available in five configurations including Extreme Duty and Twin Steer.
  • The 5700XE launched in 2015 and was designed only for on-highway applications. The truck featured a 126-inch (3,200 mm) BBC, and a set back front axle position. It could be specified as a daycab or as a sleeper. Optimus Prime transforms into this vehicle in the Transformers films Age of Extinction and The Last Knight.
  • The 6900 Series was the highest capacity model built by Western Star and was designed for off-highway vocations including logging, mining, and other similar applications. It was available in Extreme Duty and Twin Steer configurations (XD and TS), each featured a 141-inch (3,580 mm) BBC and could be recognized both by its size as well as by its flat, squared front fenders.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Western Star Australia buys Western Star Canada Truck & Bus Transportation April 1991 page 9
  2. ^ a b Star Still Shines Bright Australasian Transport News June 2013 pages 60-63
  3. ^ An empire built to last New Zealand Herald March 1, 2015
  4. ^ ERF snapped up by Western Star Commercial Motor May 23, 1996
  5. ^ Western Star boss Terry Peabody's first foray into truck manufacturing Commercial Motor January 16, 1997
  6. ^ MAN snaps up ERF Commercial Motor February 3, 2000
  7. ^ DaimlerChrysler buys Western Star Trucks, Orion Bus Metro Magazine August 7, 2000
  8. ^ DC swallows Detroit and Western Star Truck & Bus Transportation September 2000 page 10
  9. ^ Western Star production shifts to Portland Truck News December 1, 2002
  10. ^ Cleveland, NC Truck Manufacturing Plant Daimler

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