Kempsey-based Williamson Bros has endorsed the new Freightliner Cascadia for the efficiencies it offers in fuel burn.
Opting for an 18-speed manual Eaton transmission paired with a 13-litre engine, the furniture hauling specialist is seeing a 20 per cent gain in fuel savings on a B-double combination rated to 40 tonnes GCM.
The figure of 2.6km per litre has already left an indelible impression on owner Damien Clegg who oversees a fleet of 20 commercial vehicles.
“It used 160 litres less fuel on a single trip from Kempsey to Melbourne and back compared to the bonneted truck it replaced,” he said.
“That is a significant saving. When you do the sums on the kilometres it does, that actually accounts for a decent chunk of the payments on the truck,” said Clegg.
Williamson Bros is the first Australian customer to take delivery of a Cascadia with a manual transmission.
The company, which operates depots in Kempsey, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, preferenced the manual based on a request made by driver Darren Campbell, who has been with Williamson Bros for 21 years.
“I’ve driven cab-overs but I do prefer bonneted trucks and I do like manual gearboxes,” he said.
“It is very comfortable to drive. All the controls are close to hand and there is a lot of room in the cab and the bunk, it is really quite spacious,” added Campbell.
The Cascadia features a full-suite of integrated safety technology that is new to the conventional truck class, including a radar and camera-based Autonomous Emergency Braking system that can automatically detect, and fully brake for, moving pedestrians in addition to vehicles.
It also has radar-based adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system in addition to Electronic Stability Control and a driver airbag.
Williamson Bros also chose to add the optional Side Guard Assist, which uses radar to ‘look’ down the left side of the truck and trailer to detect vehicles, pedestrians and objects in preparation for left turns.
Clegg is pleased to have such cutting-edge safety features in his company’s vehicles.
“We want to do everything we can to protect our drivers and the community, so it just makes sense to choose the truck with the best safety equipment,” he said.
He purchased the 116 Cascadia through salesman Steve Pinkstone from local Daimler Trucks dealer Mavin Truck Centre, the latest dealership to be recognised with Elite Support certification by Daimler.
“The team at Mavin Truck Centre provide us with a really high level of support. They will always fit us in and keep us on the road,” said Clegg.
The 116 Cascadia has a Bumper to Back of Cab (BBC) measurement of 116 inches and features a 13-litre Detroit DD13 six-cylinder, which produces 505hp and 1850lb-ft. A 126 Cascadia with a 126-inch BBC is also available with a 16-litre DD16, which produces 600hp and 2050lb-ft.
Both engines meet the stringent GHG17 standard, which exceeds the Euro 6 emissions standard.
Most Cascadias use a DT12 12-speed Automated Manual Transmission with Intelligent Powertrain Management, which uses topographic data to determine the best times to change gear and to enter the fuel saving eCoast mode.
Four different 18-speed Eaton manual RLTO are also available.
The Cascadia comes with a four year/800,000km manufacturer warranty and five years/500,000km of complimentary servicing, standard on all Cascadia models rated below 110 tonnes.
(Image: Mavin Truck Centre salesman Steve Pinkstone with Williamson Bros owner Damien Clegg).