Western Star gives ‘Spirit of American Trucker’ new wheels

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OOIDA’s Mike Schermoly (left) and Western Star’s Guy Lemieux flash the sign of Western Star at the Walcott truckers jamboree friday (July 10)

One trucking organization has a new, more aerodynamic truck thanks to the generosity of a major manufacturer.

Western Star presented the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) with a new 5700 XE to pull its Spirit of the American Trucker display trailer to shows and other events. The presentation was made Friday (July 10) at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the I80 Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa.

The 5700 XE replaces the 2014 Western Star OOIDA uses to pull its display.

Mike Schermoly, marketing director for OOIDA said the new truck will make its debut at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas in August.

Guy Lemieux, marketing segment manager of Western Star, said the 5700 XE is Western Star’s new model with a focus on aerodynamic design. Depending on what its pulling, Lemieux said the 5700 XE could get “in the high eights” miles per gallon on the highway.

The 5700 XE has:

  • Detroit DD13, DD14 or DD15 engine
  • Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission (a selection of Eaton manual transmissions are optional)
  • 68” sleeper with an aero package
  • Enhanced stability control
  • Roll stability control
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Wabco OnGuard collision avoidance/mitigation System

Lemieux said Western Star’s goal in designing the 5700XE was to “develop a truck that doesn’t look like everything else on the road.”

The 5700XE will be produced at Western Star’s Cleveland, N.C. plant.

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