Freightliner is rolling out a new Class 8 model called the Cascadia that not only promises 3-percent better fuel economy, but was built with bigger truckers in mind.
On Thursday, Land Line Magazine field editor Suzanne Stempinski test-drove the new truck. She told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that some of the features have been super-sized.
“In the course of their research, they discovered that the average trucker has grown in size,” Stempinski said. “They’ve accommodated that with wider door frames, more belly room, wonderful tilt and telescoping steering wheels, and the seats are two inches wider and two inches taller.”
Stempinski also said the top-end version of the Cascadia is extremely quiet.
Freightliner isn’t saying yet what the new model will cost when it rolls off the production lines in August.
According to an OOIDA survey last year, more members – 32 percent – own Freightliners than any other truck. Peterbilt was the second most popular truck among members at 27 percent.
Keep an eye out for the July issue of Land Line Magazine for Stempinski’s report on the test drive of the new Cascadia.
– By Reed Black, staff writer