Western Star to Showcase Detroit Diesel DD16 Engine, Beauty and the Beast Theme at MATS

This year’s booth features Western Star’s premium on-highway vehicles; highlights versatility of its vocational models

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 25, 2010 – Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. today announced its booth line-up for the 2010 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS). The Western Star booth (# 30511) will feature the inaugural appearance of the all new Detroit Diesel® DD16™ engine with BlueTec® emissions technology.

Now available to order exclusively for Western Star customers, the DD16 – Detroit Diesel’s most powerful engine – is ideal for owner-operators, small fleets and specialty applications that include the mining, petroleum, agriculture, logging, hazardous material and heavy-haul segments. The DD16 displaces 15.6 liters and features a large variety of output and multi-torque power ratings from 1,750 to 2,050 lb-ft torque and 475 to 600 horsepower.

In addition to the DD16, the company will play off the “Beauty and the Beast” theme by exhibiting a selection of premium on-highway models, and rugged vocational applications.

“This year at MATS, we want to display for our customers the versatility and power of our trucks that we are known for, as well as the superior engine and transmission options they can expect from our partners,” said Mike Jackson, general manager, Western Star. “Our booth will feature both sides of the Western Star brand, including the classically refined and distinctive design of our on-highway models, and the extreme, heavy duty durability and heritage of our off-the-road vocational applications.”

In addition to the DD16, Western Star will feature the following in its booth:

The Pelletier family, stars of Discovery Channel’s “American Logger” and long-time Western Star logging customers, will also make daily appearances.

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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