Freightliner LLC has introduced the Condor Class 8 low-cab-forward truck for front-loader refuse applications. The Condor is sold both as a Freightliner Trucks and Sterling Trucks model.
According to Alex Bernasconi, director of business class and vocational sales for Freightliner Trucks, the Condor provides a 238-degree field of vision through a two-piece windshield and large side and rear windows, which consist of more than 43 sq ft of glass. Optional rear window configurations can increase the amount of glass area to 47 square feet for a 273-degree field of vision.
"Refuse trucks, especially front loaders, often operate in narrow spaces and in close proximity to other vehicles and obstacles," Bernasconi said. "The Condor provides the driver with a panoramic view of the surrounding environment to help ensure safe operations."
The Condor also is highly maneuverable, a feature Bernasconi said is extremely beneficial for front-loader operators who must guide the truck into position to pick up refuse containers.
Designed to accommodate drivers from the 5th to 95th percentile in body size, Bernasconi said the Condor provides abundant leg, head and elbow room. The interior also offers generous storage space behind the seats, as well as clipboard-sized molded door pockets and a center well between the front seats.
Freightliner said the Condor was designed to provide excellent ergonomics. The vehicle features a low cab height for easy entry and egress from the cab. With a maximum 18-inch step-in height, two-step entry and oversized grab handles, the driver can move quickly and safely in and out of the cab.
Bernasconi said the Condor is available with multiple steering configurations, including left-hand steer, right-hand steer, dual steer and left-hand steer with stand-up right-hand drive.