Freightliner Trucks has announced two executive appointments timed with assembly of the final Sterling Trucks unit, anticipated by week’s end
Sources: Freightliner Trucks, Portland, Ore.; CP staff
Freightliner Trucks has announced two executive appointments timed with assembly of the final Sterling Trucks unit, anticipated by week’s end. Richard Saward, formerly Sterling and Western Star vice president, Sales, has been named Freightliner general manager, M2 and Vocational Sales. Jim Looysen, formerly Freightliner director, Business Class/Vocational Sales, has been named general manager, Western Star Trucks.
In a March 4 briefing during The Work Truck Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Saward noted that Sterling sales will continue from dealersÌ inventory and the brand will live as long as the trucks live. He will oversee the Freightliner M2 seriesÌ succession of Sterling Class 6-8, vocational market models. A new M2 will also replace the Freightliner FLD; a 120-in. bbc model commonly specified for mixers and dumps, it has not been engineered for 2010 EPA-compliant power. Western Star’s vocational offering will center on the 4900 and heavier duty 6900.
The M2 and Western Star series will be available with DD13, DD15 or Cummins enginesÒall equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology aimed at meeting EPA’s lower nitrous oxide emissions threshold for on-highway diesel engines sold after January 1, 2010. SCR entails treatment of exhaust from diesel particulate filters that engine and truck OEMs deployed for EPA 2007 emissions compliance.