Rock to Road

New Western Star Launched

October 17, 2011  By James Menzies

A new Star may soon be shining at roadbuilding work sites.

A new Star may soon be shining at roadbuilding work sites. Western Star has launched its first new truck in more than a decade, a Class 8 model 4700 that will be geared towards six key vocational segments, including dump truck applications.


The 4700 is available in either a set-back or set-forward front axle configuration and offers a short 110-inch bumper to back of cab. Orders will be accepted in the third quarter with deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2012, Western Star officials announced.

“While we kept our customers’ wallets in mind, make no mistake, this is every bit a Western Star, hand-built with every attention to detail,” said Western Star general manager Mike Jackson. “Durable, rugged and stylish and with one of the widest ranges of power ratings in its class.”


The truck will be available with the Detroit Diesel DD13 under the hood or, if 13-litre power is not required, the Cummins ISC and ISL engines.

The new Star has several features that will make life easier for bodybuilders, including a dedicated wiring raceway and a bodybuilder interface that’s located inside the cab, keeping wiring connections away from the elements and road debris.

“We’ve already received praise from those who have seen the new raceway,” Jackson said.

Transmission offerings will include a full range of manual options as well as Allison automatics and the new Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission.

The truck has a sloped hood for improved visibility at work sites and a 55-degree wheel cut to allow good manoeuvrability in tight spaces.

“We understand the unique needs of the vocational job sites, so we designed the truck to shine in tight urban spaces or busy construction sites,” Jackson said. “Drivers will feel at ease operating the 4700.”

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