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November 25, 2019 10:45 AM, EST

DTNA Brings Cascadia to Down Under Markets

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Daimler Trucks North America announced Nov. 22 the availability of the right-hand drive Freightliner Cascadia for Australian and New Zealand markets.

Freightliner will offer the Cascadia as either 116- or 126-inch BBC units (bumper to back of cab measurement), with everything from day cabs to 36-inch, 48-inch, 60-inch and 60-inch raised roof cab options.

The Cascadia, the best-selling Class 8 truck in the United States, received substantial investment to develop the RHD version and ensure it was ready for tough Australian and New Zealand environments and use cases, according to the Portland, Ore.-based company.

An international on-road testing program was conducted in the United States and Australia.

All on-road testing followed extensive development work performed at DTNA’s product validation and engineering center, and dedicated track testing at the company’s proving grounds — both in Oregon.

Cascadia RHD interior

Cascadia RHD interior by Freightliner

The Australia Pacific Cascadia will be available with two Detroit engines. The 16-liter DD16 with up to 600 horsepower and 2,050 pound-feet of torque and the 13-liter DD13 with up to 505 hp and 1,850 pound-feet. Available transmissions include the efficient Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission or an 18-speed Eaton manual transmission.

With the truck, buyers will have access for the first time to Detroit Connect, which enables remote vehicle updates, fault code diagnosis and repair recommendations, analysis of fuel economy and safety performance in addition to traditional telematics services such as GPS route tracking and incident alerts.

With Detroit Connect, fleet owners can even alter the truck’s top speed and idle shutdown temperature remotely. — Transport Topics

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