Detroit DD13 Engine Now Available in Select Western Star Car Haulers

The Detroit DD13® engine is now available as a factory-installed option for select Western Star 4900 car haulers. The engine – which will reduce front axle weight and enhance fuel economy – can be spec’d for 40-inch, 54-inch, and 68-inch Ultra Low roof sleepers.

The DD13 engine has a maximum rating of 470 hp/1650 lb-ft of torque. It’s designed specifically for vocational applications and delivers easy serviceability, performance and up to 5 percent better fuel economy.  The new configuration will be available with the Eaton UltraShift® PLUS transmission, a tough and efficient option that will complement the powerful performance of the 4900.

WesternStar DD13

Additional features, such as an understep-mounted ATS with a horizontal tailpipe, and 200-gallon fuel and 30-gallon hydraulic tank setups, will further contribute to the car hauler’s improved fuel efficiency.

Noted Ann Demitruk, director of marketing for Western Star: “Pairing the DD13 engine with the 4900 car hauler brings our transport customers a new option that prioritizes power, comfort and efficiency.”

The 4900 car hauler features extra-low front and rear suspensions, a low cab-to-ground height, and maximized head room in the cab to enhance driver comfort.

Production on the 4900 auto hauler with the DD13 engine is scheduled to begin in November 2015.

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Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.