Leading logistics specialist Linfox has taken delivery of its first Freightliner Cascadia in Melbourne.
Assigned to B-double fuel tanker operations at Linfox Australia's Essendon Fields headquarters, the Cascadia 116 uses a 505hp 13-litre six-cylinder DD13 engine, which generates 1850lb-ft of torque.
Linfox Executive Chairman, Peter Fox, Linfox Founder, Lindsay Fox and Linfox Fleet and Procurement President Ray Gamble were on hand to receive the keys to one of the first Cascadias in Australia from Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead and Freightliner Australia Pacific Director, Stephen Downes.
Downes noted the Cascadia is well suited to fuel deliveries.
“Safety is important with all trucks, but it is absolutely paramount with fuel tankers,” he said.
“These vehicles are often operating in built-up areas making deliveries to local service stations, so standard integrated safety technology such as pedestrian-sensing Autonomous Emergency Braking and the improved visibility of the Cascadia is priceless,” said Downes.
The Cascadia is expected to raise the bar for conventional truck safety in Australia.
Its fully integrated safety features include a radar and camera-based Autonomous Emergency Braking system that can automatically detect, and fully brake for, pedestrians.
It also has a radar-based adaptive cruise control system, lane departure warning and fatigue alert in addition to Electronic Stability Control and the option of Sideguard Assist, which uses radar and camera technology to ‘look’ down the left side of the truck and trailer to detect pedestrians and objects in preparation for left turns.
The Cascadia also exceeds Euro 6 emission standard requirements, aligning with the company’s relentless focus on improving safety and cutting emissions.
Whitehead was excited by the prospect of seeing the Cascadia at work in the Linfox fleet.
“Linfox demands nothing less than the best safety and emission standards in the class when it comes to the trucks it selects and the Cascadia certainly fits that bill,” he said.
Daimler’s relationship with Linfox goes back to the very beginning when truck driver Lindsay Fox started building the iconic transport company with a 1418 Mercedes-Benz and it has continued to grow and flourish since Peter took the helm in 1993.
“Mercedes-Benz and Fuso trucks are already serving the Linfox fleet well, and it is wonderful that Freightliner now has a conventional product that delivers the exceptional safety and efficiency that Linfox demands,” said Whitehead.
“There is no better endorsement for our trucks than having them go to work in those iconic colours,” he said.
(Image: Freightliner Australia Pacific Director, Stephen Downes, Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, Linfox Founder, Lindsay Fox, Linfox Executive Chairman, Peter Fox and Linfox Fleet and Procurement President Ray Gamble next to the Linfox Cascadia).