REDFORD, MI. – Sterling Truck Corporation continued to expand its growing light commercial vehicles line today with a new model. The new Class 3 Sterling 360™ is the lightest product in Sterling’s full range of Class 3-8 trucks, reinforcing the company’s status as a one-stop provider of a full-range of commercial vehicles. Sterling also introduced a number of product enhancements for its 2008 model year Sterling 360 trucks.
Introduced in early 2006, the Sterling 360 is a versatile low cab-over truck that comes standard with a complete, value-added package including expert customer support, easy financing and body upfitting options. It also enhances customers’ bottom line by maximizing fuel economy, potentially saving $600 or more a year over competitive models.
Every 2008 model year Sterling 360 – Class 3, 4 and 5 – will be rolling off the line with several new product enhancements, including increased horsepower, a lowered chassis, standard cruise control, and more.
“Along with the new Sterling Bullet™, our versatile light-duty and mid-range vehicles were developed for a wide range of applications, including pickup and delivery, construction, landscaping, and more,” said Matthew Stevenson, director of light commercial vehicles for Sterling Truck Corporation. “We’re excited to bring the Class 3 model of the Sterling 360 to market, and give our customers yet another tool to help run their business.”
The new Class 3 Sterling 360 is currently available for order, and will be available at dealerships in fall 2007.
New Sterling 360 Model
With a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,500 lbs., the Class 3 Sterling 360 is an ideal tool for businesses that don’t require the capacity of a Class 4 or 5 truck. And just because the Class 3 model is light on weight doesn’t mean it’s light on features. Like the rest of the Sterling 360 line, it offers best-in-class maneuverability, a roomy and comfortable cab, and industry-leading fuel economy.
The Class 3 model also features an On-Board Diagnostics system (OBD-II), a new standard for light vehicles. OBD-II provides a universal inspection and diagnosis method to be sure the vehicle is performing correctly and to EPA emissions standards. This feature will also be available on 2008 Class 4 and 5 Sterling 360 trucks.
All 2008 model year Sterling 360 trucks will feature a number of product enhancements, developed to improve productivity as well as driver comfort.
Several improvements in the Sterling 360’s engine are being introduced as a result of the changes made to comply with EPA ’07 emissions standards. The new diesel particulate filter – a requirement for all 2008 model year trucks – has been tested and utilized in the Japanese market for several years, ensuring its reliability. Its compact design allows for fewer disturbances during body installation and also safeguards the Sterling 360’s impressive ground clearance. The engine changes also resulted in increased power, upgrading the Sterling 360’s engine from 175 to 185 hp.
Additionally, due to the improved cooling system and a change in frame height, the Sterling 360’s chassis could be lowered two inches, making it easier for operators to load and unload the vehicle.
Along with its already long list of standard features, including air conditioning and automatic transmission, all Sterling 360s now come with cruise control as a standard option. The improved electronic engine management system allows the operator to not only use the cruise control to set engine speed, but also to limit top speed and accelerate the engine during stationary power take-off applications.
The Sterling 360’s list of options also expanded with the addition of an 189-inch wheelbase on the Class 5 model, as well as a keyless entry system available on all Sterling 360 models.
For more information about the Sterling 360 and to locate a dealer, visit www.BetterAllAroundTruck.com.
Sterling Truck Corporation, based in Redford, Mich., produces and markets a full line of Class 3-8 work trucks for regional hauling and diverse vocational applications. Sterling is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is part of DaimlerChrysler’s Truck Group, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.