Western Star Introduces Mercedes-Benz MBE4000 Engine Option

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WILLOUGHBY, OHIO…Western Star announced today it will offer Mercedes-Benz MBE4000 engines for its 4900 FA and 4900 SA truck models, with production to begin January 2003.

The 12.8-liter, in-line six-cylinder MBE4000 engine is ideal for Western Star vocational applications. The MBE4000 engine is rated from 350 to 450 horsepower with peak torque of 1,550 lb. ft. at 1,100 rpm. Incorporating advanced diesel technology, the MBE4000 is exempt from the October 2002 emissions standards and does not require any engine modifications or after treatment devices under current rules.

“The MBE4000 engine delivers an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy, value and reliability all in a lightweight package,” said John Merrifield, Western Star Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Its long life and low cost of operation in demanding applications make it an exceptional option for the Western Star customer.”

The MBE4000 is manufactured by DaimlerChrysler Powersystems. It is supported by the full Western Star dealer network, as well as the Detroit Diesel service network.

Performance Highlights of MBE4000 Engines

With advanced electronic controls, the MBE4000 can be customized for specific vocational needs. Equipped with a waste gated turbocharger, it offers optimum performance at any engine speed, which translates into greater productivity and driver satisfaction. Unit pump fuel injectors contribute to its excellent fuel economy and longer maintenance intervals.

The standard engine brake offers about 300 horsepower for braking for maximum safety and reduced maintenance costs. This superior engine braking is achieved without the exhaust tone that is prohibited in some communities. An optional turbo brake is available for up to 600 braking horsepower.

The MBE4000 is covered by a full two-year, unlimited mileage warranty that includes 100% of parts and labor. Major components are covered for five years with 100% parts coverage.

MBE4000 engines are available for Western Star models 4900 FA and 4900 SA in both the 109” and 123” BBC configurations. The production roll-out of the MBE4000 engine for these models begins in January 2003.

Western Star Trucks Inc. is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading North American producer of heavy-duty trucks. Headquartered in Willoughby, Ohio, Western Star produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Freightliner LLC is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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