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New generation Cascadia joins Geelong dairy fleet

Leading tanker operator McColl's has taken delivery of a Freightliner Cascadia 126.

Coupled with a B-double milk tanker, the vehicle, which is powered by a 16-litre Detroit engine, is operating out of McColl's Geelong depot across regional Victoria.

Freightliner Australia Pacific Director, Stephen Downes, who handed the keys over to McColl’s Managing Director, Simon Thornton, was thrilled to see the Cascadia in McColl’s colours.

“McColl’s is an iconic Australian fleet that has a special place in our hearts, especially those of us with a connection to regional Victoria, so it is fantastic to see our Cascadia in those striking colours,” he said.

“We are excited that the McColl’s team will now be able to experience the new standard of safety, efficiency and comfort that the Cascadia brings to the conventional truck class in Australia,” said Downes.

The Cascadia features a full suite of fully integrated safety pack that includes a system that uses radar and camera to ‘see’ down the side of the truck to warn of any impending collisions and a front-facing radar/camera that will automatically brake the truck in an emergency.

This feature, which is standard, can even detect, and brake for, pedestrians.

The full suite of safety features on the Cascadia was one of its appealing selling points according to Thornton.

“McColl’s has always been at the forefront when it comes to transport safety, so we are especially keen on the advanced safety features being introduced with the Cascadia,” he said.

“We are also very interested to see how the new Detroit engine and transmission performs in our operation,” said Thornton.

The McColl’s truck is one of first Cascadias in company colours on Australian roads, while several demonstrator models are in operation across fleets.

Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said the early feedback had been very positive.

“We have been talking about Cascadia’s fuel economy, the quality and the comfort of this truck for some time, so it’s great to hear operators tell us how good it is,” he said.

“The feedback across a wide range of applications has been extremely positive as customers get a taste of this class-leading truck,” said Whitehead.

The Cascadia is the top selling truck in the United States, thanks in part for its class-leading fuel efficiency aided by what Daimler calls optimised aerodynamics and the latest generation powertrain, which uses GPS data to read the terrain in order to select the best gear.

(Image: McColl’s Managing Director Simon Thornton and Freightliner Australia Pacific Director Stephen Downes).

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