C.R. England has introduced 2016 Western Star 5700 XE tractors into its fleet, the company announced. Starting in July and then over the next several months, almost 200 new units will be put into service in the C.R. England fleet, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers the first to receive the Western Star vehicles, the company said. Tenured independent contractors with lease availability will also be offered the option on new units.
"The adaptive cruise is so innovative and makes it easier to focus on being safe," said Zach England, chief operating officer, after a recent trip driving one of the vehicles. "We are pleased with this new addition to our fleet and expect it to be quite popular with our drivers."
The tractors feature woodgrain and leather interiors and a Detroit Powertrain, which the company said combines the DD15 with the direct drive DT12 automated shift transmission. In addition, these trucks come with safety features including forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise, and hill-start technologies. The Western Star 5700 XE has been designed to increase efficiency and to reduce the total cost of ownership, the company said.
"Over the course of the last 12 months, we've been working with our valued partners at Warner Truck Center and Western Star Corporate to procure these state of the art tractors," said Brandon Harrison, co-chief operating officer. "We're thrilled to be in a position to offer our professional driver force some of the best and safest equipment on the market."