Western Star Trucks Introduces New Front Wall Design at GATS

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DALLAS, TEXAS – August 24, 2006 – Western Star Trucks today announced a redesigned cab front wall that features updated system diagnostic capabilities and streamlines air and electrical routing with improved accessibility and serviceability.

Inside the truck cab, a “dead pedal” has been added to provide an ergonomic foot rest for additional driver comfort and to protect the air line connections. The enhanced design will allow key electrical connections to be serviced from the ground without having to remove additional front wall equipment.

“Our customers will appreciate this new front wall because it not only allows for easier maintenance, but offers a cleaner design with reduced number of components as well,” said Matt Stevenson, Manager of Product Strategy for Western Star Trucks. “Body builders will appreciate the improved access to the trucks electrical system along with new user-friendly electrical and airing schematics that aid in their body installations.”

The electrical system has been updated to a modular design concept that will improve serviceability by making it easier to isolate individual electrical circuits and to diagnose issues in the field. Communications capabilities now include SAE J1587/J1708 and J1939 standards with diagnostic access via a nine-pin connector under the dash. The improved electronic system diagnostic capability is standard with the new design.

Visitors to booth #18134 at the 2006 Great American Trucking Show can also get a first-hand view of the following Western Star® trucks:

Western Star Trucks, headquartered in Redford, Mich., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a company of Freightliner LLC. Freightliner LLC is a unit of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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