Western Express Orders 900 Freightliner Cascadia Tractors Equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15 Engines

PORTLAND, Ore. – Freightliner Trucks announced today that Western Express, Inc., has ordered 900 Freightliner Cascadia® tractors equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel Corporation DD15™ engines featuring BlueTec® emissions technology.

Western Express is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and provides dry van, flatbed, dedicated and brokerage truckload transportation services to a diverse customer base that includes leading Fortune 500 companies.

A longtime Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Diesel customer, Western Express selected the Cascadia for its fuel efficiency, reliability and driver comfort. The addition of the DD15 engine to the Cascadia further enhances the truck’s power and performance.

“I am excited about this order and what it means to our customers and associates,” said Wayne Wise, chief executive officer and president for Western Express. “This continues our commitment to going green, reducing our carbon footprint, and the EPA SmartWay program. We delayed our purchase of new tractors in anticipation of this new technology.”

The order entails a three-year agreement covering nearly 2,800 trucks and will make Western Express predominantly an all-Freightliner vehicle fleet, Wise added.

The aerodynamic Cascadia was specially designed to incorporate EPA 2010 emission engines, and the DD15 engine was built for BlueTec. BlueTec – Detroit Diesel’s proven solution for meeting the 2010 EPA emissions standards – can provide up to 5 percent better fuel economy compared to the impressive DD15 EPA 2007.

“With the powerful combination of the Freightliner Cascadia and BlueTec-equipped DD15, customers like Western Express know that we can provide a complete and effective solution for EPA 2010 that will keep them running smart at every turn,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

For more information on Freightliner Trucks, go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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