The Freightliner Cascadia has hit the road delivering milk across Victoria with iconic tanker operator McColl’s.
One of the first Cascadia trucks in Australia, the 126 showcases the new generation 16-litre Detroit engine teamed with a 12-speed Automated Manual Transmission.
Safety features not seen on conventional trucks in Australia until now include a system that uses radar and camera to ‘see’ down the side of the truck to warn of any impending collisions and a front-facing radar/camera that will automatically brake the truck in an emergency. This feature, which is standard, can even detect, and brake for, pedestrians.
McColl’s started carting milk with a B-double combination this week.
The McColl’s truck is one of first Cascadias in company colours on Australian roads, while several demonstrator models are in operation across fleets.
Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says the early feedback has been very positive.
“We have been talking about Cascadia’s fuel economy, the quality and the comfort of this truck for some time, so it’s great to hear operators tell us how good it is,” he says.
“The feedback across a wide range of applications has been extremely positive as customers get a taste of this class-leading truck,” Mr Whitehead says.