Western Australian road freight company, Goldstar Transport, has concluded its recent test run of the new Freightliner Cascadia.
The Perth-based fleet ran a demonstrator Cascadia 116 day cab as a B-double on a set metropolitan route and found the 13-litre Freightliner out-performed trucks from other manufacturers according to Goldstar Transport Managing Director Sean Carren.
“We have had four trucks working on that run and I can confirm that the Cascadia was clearly the most fuel efficient truck,” he said.
“The numbers are clear, it is at the top of the class,” he adds.
Goldstar Transport, which employs 185 people, currently has 29 Freightliner models in its 100 plus-truck fleet, which handles applications as diverse as local distribution to heavy outback roadtrain work.
The Cascadia truck, according to Carren, matched his high expectations during the test.
“I was very impressed and our drivers were as well,” he said.
“It represents a quantum leap for Freightliner and for conventional trucks.”
With a strong and ongoing focus on safety, Carren explained tht Cascadia’s integrated Detroit Assurance safety pack was a big attraction.
“We take safety very seriously at Goldstar and the Cascadia sets a new standard for conventional trucks,” he said.
“You can’t underestimate the importance of the safety features such as the Autonomous Emergency Braking,” said Carren.
Carren added that he and his drivers were also impressed by the Cascadia’s optional bonnet-mounted mirrors, which are very popular in the United States where the Cascadia is the best-selling heavy truck.
“The additional mirrors are a great feature. They give our drivers clear vision all the way down the side of the trailers,” he said.
The first customer units of the Cascadia are about to hit local roads after an extensive test and evaluation program, the largest such program ever conducted outside of North America.
It is available with advanced 13-litre and 16-litre Detroit six-cylinder DD engines and DT12 automated transmissions or the optional 18-speed Eaton manual gearbox.