Newly Designed Truck Offers 4900 FA with 123-Inch BBC LowMax
WILLOUGHBY, OHIO... When Western Star was looking to expand its options for the brand’s popular LowMax product line, it listened closely to its customers.
East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales in Portsmouth, Va., expressed a need for a truck with a shorter hood, a low profile design, and big bore engine power for car hauling applications. A business solely dedicated to the transportation needs of automobile carriers, East Coast wanted to offer its customers an expanded lineup of reliable vehicles, but there were few products available that met its needs.
“Our customers range from fleet operators running 50-100 trucks to individual owner-operators,” said Bob Berger, National Sales Manager at East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales. “In addition to selling car haulers, we also operate a transportation division, which runs about 25 trucks, including two Western Stars with prototype trailers. We’ve had a good experience with these trucks and are looking forward to adding more to our fleet.”
Acknowledging the demands of the industry, Western Star engineers worked closely with East Coast to design and produce the best truck to cater to this exclusive market. As a result, Western Star is now producing the new 123-inch BBC 4900 FA LowMax for car hauler specifications. East Coast has ordered 30 trucks to receive throughout the year, each equipped with Detroit Diesel engines and 48- or 62-inch sleepers.
“Our industry is run by inches and pounds,” added Berger. “And Western Star gave us a lightweight and low height truck that also has more cab space, modern product improvements, and a roomy sleeper. In addition to keeping our customers within the length and weight requirements here on the East Coast, they also will be pleased to be able to increase their payload.”
The new 123-inch BBC LowMax package offers many of the same features as the original 132-inch BBC 4900 EX LowMax, including 22.5-inch low-profile tires, reduced rear suspension height, lower cab mounting, low-profile oil pan, and special exhaust routing packages. While shortening the hood length by approximately nine inches, Western Star continues to offer some of the most powerful engines available, including Caterpillar and the Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine.
As the ever-changing automotive industry has shifted from a sedan-driven business to an SUV- and pick-up truck-driven business, the car hauling market has changed as well. “Since SUVs and trucks have a greater height and an increased weight, our car hauling customers need lighter weight and lower profile trucks.”
Western Star also has recently introduced the availability of the Front AirLiner suspension for LowMax, which features a lower axle drop and suspension height. With a cab height almost a foot lower than standard, the LowMax features a low profile and road hugging design, which provides advantages in handling and stability. This combination of features results in a rugged and dependable truck featuring traditional styling with a distinctive flair. Ideally suited for premium car haulers who run sleeper units, this new LowMax package offers comfort, spaciousness, handling, and premium power.
Western Star Trucks, headquartered in Willoughby, Ohio, produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a member of the Freightliner LLC Group. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.