Western Star Trucks Unveils New Addition To Stratosphere Sleeper Line

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68-Inch Walk-Through, Flat-Floor Sleeper Offers New Option for Comfort and Functionality

MONTREAL, QUEBEC…Western Star Trucks today introduced the 68-inch Stratosphere Star Light Sleeper, the latest addition to its new line of walk-through sleepers. With its unique design and numerous comfort features, over-the-road truck operators will appreciate the interior stand-up room, a flat floor throughout the cab and sleeper, and an external cab configuration that allows for installation of roof-mounted air horns and marker lights. This combination of internal comfort and external styling is unique to the truck manufacturing industry, and is offered only by Western Star. The 68-inch Stratosphere Star Light Sleeper was unveiled at the ExpoCam 2003 show.

“The spacious, 68-inch Stratosphere Star Light Sleeper provides a new option to operators seeking a shorter-length sleeper than the 82-inch version, including those customers operating under more restrictive overall length laws,” said John Merrifield, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Western Star Trucks. "The 68-inch Stratosphere sleeper is the perfect addition to the original 82-inch Stratosphere we introduced earlier this year – and it is certainly not the last in this exciting line of sleepers.”

Available in all markets beginning in the second quarter of 2004, the 68-inch Stratosphere sleeper will be an option for all Western Star 4900 models, including the EX (132” BBC set forward front axle), 4900 FA (set forward front axle in both 109” and 123” BBCs) and 4900 SA (set back front axle in both 109” and 123” BBCs).

The complete line of Stratosphere sleepers is an ideal combination of modern engineering and traditional styling. Providing over two feet of additional headroom in the area between the driver and passenger seat, the Stratosphere allows the driver or passenger to stand up and walk through to the sleeper compartment – without crouching or bending over. With a flat floor between the cab and the sleeper, the driver or passenger also does not have to worry about steps or ledges that exist in other sleepers on the market today. In addition, the vehicle can easily be converted into a day cab, which increases the resale value of the vehicle.

“Owner-operators will enjoy an open and spacious living compartment, without giving up traditional styling,” Merrifield said. "We are excited to offer our Canadian and U.S. customers the ergonomic design and overall spaciousness of the Stratosphere, which will help make everyday activities more enjoyable, while retaining the look and feel of the traditional Western Star truck that our customers know and love.”

The Stratosphere sleeper is available in two trim levels – Phoenix and Mesa – all with numerous cabinet, storage, window and lighting options. Three different bunk configurations are available, including the optional dinette sleeper seating package, which provides two seats and a table, turning the sleeper compartment into a comfortable area for eating, reading or doing paperwork. An optional skylight window also adds to the sleeper's airy feel.

“Western Star customers have come to expect a wide selection of available features and options, and the Stratosphere is no different,” added Merrifield. “Because the sleeper serves our customers as a home away from home, we want them to be comfortable while on the road and customize their cab and sleeper to their preferences.”

Western Star Trucks, headquartered in Willoughby, Ohio, produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star 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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