Sterling Trucks Introduces Acterra All-Wheel Drive Conversion

Factory-Authorized Feature Immediately Available on all 4x2 Acterras

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WILLOUGHBY, OHIO…The Sterling Truck Corporation today announced an important new optional feature for its versatile Acterra medium-duty and vocational truck. Sterling now offers a factory-authorized All-Wheel Drive Conversion for Acterra trucks. The All-Wheel Drive feature, manufactured by Fabco Automotive Corporation, is available immediately for all Acterra 4x2 versions, with conversions for Acterra 6x4 trucks expected later this year.

“The new Acterra All-Wheel Drive Conversion enhances our growing Acterra product line by enabling Sterling to provide its current and potential customers with another option when deciding on an all-wheel drive vehicle,” said John Merrifield, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Sterling Truck Corporation.

Sterling created the Acterra Fabco All-Wheel Drive Conversion option to meet the needs of commercial truck buyers across a wide range of vocations, including construction, utilities and municipal and emergency services.

The Acterra Fabco All-Wheel Drive Conversion is offered with front axle ratings of 12,000, 14,000 or 16,000 pounds, and comes with a choice of one- or two-speed transfer cases. The All-Wheel Drive is available for Acterra products equipped with MBE and Caterpillar medium-duty engines and with transmission choices from DaimlerChrysler Powersystems, Eaton and Allison.

The new Acterra Fabco All-Wheel Drive Conversion features a technologically-advanced offset front drive carrier axle and four-shaft transfer case, designed to ensure a minimal increase in vehicle height of only four to six inches over standard height. Coupled with no step frame modifications, the Fabco All-Wheel Conversion retains frame integrity and durability, maintains a low center of gravity and eliminates up to 300 pounds of weight, which allows for an increased payload capacity. Superior driveline angles comply with industry standards, and a single piece forward driveshaft avoids the cost and weight of a two-piece shaft. For operator convenience, the all-wheel drive system is engaged through two easy-to-reach electro-pneumatic switches located on the dash.

For additional information about the Acterra Fabco All-Wheel Drive Conversion or for a directory of Sterling’s expanded dealer network, customers should call (800) 358-7624, or visit the Sterling Web site at

Sterling Truck Corporation, based in Willoughby, Ohio, produces heavy- and medium-duty custom work trucks for regional hauling and diverse vocational applications. Sterling is a member of the Freightliner LLC Group. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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