Sterling Trucks Debuts New Mid-Size Integrated Sleeper

The new Sterling NightShift™ maximizes productivity and driver retention with the most abundant driver amenities in a mid-size sleeper



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REDFORD, MICH. – Aug. 7, 2008 – Sterling Truck Corporation today introduced the Sterling NightShift™ – its new integrated sleeper. Designed to maximize productivity and driver retention in regional haul applications, The NightShift features best-in-size storage of a mid-size, mid-roof sleeper, a stand-up walk-through configuration, ultimate comfort and a significant amount of natural light – together offering the most abundant driver amenities in a mid-size sleeper.



Designed specifically for the less-than-truckload (LTL), distribution and leasing markets, the NightShift is ideal for drivers who travel multiple days per week. Available in a 60-inch mid-roof configuration for the Sterling® Set-back 113 and Set-Back 122 models, the NightShift is backed by Sterling’s reputation for reliability and durability.



“Our customers have asked for a sleeper configuration and we listened,” said Richard Shearing, manager of product strategy for Sterling Trucks. “We have developed a working-class sleeper that provides outstanding comfort and storage.”



“In addition, fleet owners will benefit from better rested, more productive drivers, all geared to help improve driver retention – and their bottom line,” continued Shearing.



Best-in-Size Sleeper Storage

The NightShift features a flexible storage configuration including the wrap-around sleeper storage and overhead console – making use of all available space to rest and work. The sleeper includes a space-maximizing overhead rear wall and forward center storage, side storage cabinets and under bunk storage.



“Drivers often noted that there wasn’t much room in their sleepers and the room they did have was inefficient,” said Shearing. “We therefore incorporated useful storage in every possible area.”



Driver Comfort

One of the key benefits in the NightShift is a standard 8-inch deep sleep quilted spring mattress, rather than the industry standard 4-inch foam mattress.



“Along with having a reliable truck, getting a good night’s rest was equally as important to drivers. The availability of a top-of-the-line mattress is one way we can satisfy drivers’ comfort needs,” Shearing said.



Another comfort feature found in the NightShift is its significant headroom. With an 80-inch floor-to-ceiling height – enough for a 6’4” driver – and ample room between the seats, the driver can easily stand up and walk through the cab to the sleeper without crouching or bending over. Also, because the floor is flat between the cab and the sleeper, the driver does not have to navigate any steps or ledges.



The NightShift also offers its Sterling clear view 36 x 10-inch back window, which improves visibility by providing drivers with a better back-up view and job site visibility. In addition, the combination of the back and side windows increases natural light which can reduce eye strain and driver fatigue – a common problem noted by drivers.



Sleek Interior

The NightShift’s dash and sleeper control panels feature a new, contemporary finish. A pull-out workspace that’s perfectly sized for a computer or log book is also available, as well as a 32 liter coolbox that can serve as a refrigerator or freezer – the only one in its class. Plus, drivers have extra room to install a television and microwave.



Other interior amenities include a single bunk with tent-style restraints; an upper television cabinet with electrical outlets and connection capabilities; privacy curtains; and an over windshield console with CB connections.



Exterior Styling

The truck’s exterior features include a right-hand access door with a sliding window and a left hand window with a sliding section for ventilation. Also standard is a left-hand luggage door and rear work lights. Optional side fairings and roof fairing with trim tabs are available for highway applications where aerodynamics is critical.



Quiet Ride

The Sterling NightShift comes standard with Sterling’s noise control package, which delivers a significant noise reduction during peak torque engine RPMs. This noise package includes new door and engine cover seals; shift boot and steering boot material and construction; a new door weather seal for improved surface contact; front wall inter-panel sealing and front wall joints on the floor between the seats.



“With the addition of the Nightshift to our family, we now offer the broadest product line in the Class 3-8 market. In addition, drivers and owners can rest easy knowing that our sleeper is backed by more than 300 Sterling dealers in the United States and Canadian,” said Shearing.



The Sterling Nightshift will be available to order in December 2008. For more information about this product and to find a local dealer, visit www.SterlingTrucks.com or call 800-STL-HELP.



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 Daimler Trucks North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.



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