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Western Star to unveil tribute 4800 at Brisbane Truck Show

Western Star Trucks will pay homage to the very first Western Star released to the Australian market at the Brisbane Truck Show, with a 4800 featuring special tribute livery on display.

The model appeared at the Brisbane Truck Show in the early 1980s. This year’s tribute 4800 will feature a blue cabin, red chassis and heritage pearl white highlights.

Complete with a 34” Starlight lowline roof sleeper, the 4800 is powered by a Detroit DD15 500hp (at 1,850ft‐lb) engine, has an Eaton ultrashift transmission, and also features the renowned Airliner suspension.

“At Western Star Trucks, we are very proud of our heritage and we know our loyal customers are just as passionate about our history, so it’s very exciting to be unveiling our special tribute to our heritage to Western Star enthusiasts,” said Dale Christensen, National Sales Manager – Western Star Trucks, Penske Australia.

The 4800 will be one of two trucks on display, with a 4900 standing by its side – this duo represents two of Western Star Trucks most popular models.

The 4900 on show will be sporting an 82” sleeper cab with a Cummins X15 600hp (at 1,850ft‐lb) engine, an Eaton manual gearbox, and a Neway 52,000lb airbag suspension. Ideal for a variety of applications from single trailer through to a heavy‐duty road train, the 4900 boasts a generous fuel capacity of 1,986L.

“From the modest 34” lowline sleeper to, what we believe to be the largest bunk on the market in our 4900, the 82” sleeper, our range will not only pay homage to the past but also showcase today’s comfort features,” said Christensen.

“As we anticipate the all‐new Western Star platform reaching our shores in late 2022 or early 2023, we will continue to roll out updates to our current range, giving customers further options.”

Among these new options, Western Star Trucks has recently partnered with FleetSafe to offer its customers the ‘Mobileye’ collision avoidance solution and the ‘Spotto’ blind spot radar.

“We have already received positive feedback from customers on the back of initiatives such as these and we are further seeing this manifest as an uplift in sales and orders into next year,” Christensen added.

Western Star Trucks will also be displaying a 4800FS2 on Little Stanley Street (West) as part of the South Bank Truck Festival.

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