Freightliner Argosy to depart showrooms by 2020

The Argosy truck model will be phased out of Australian showrooms by 2020 Freightliner Australia announced today. It will be replaced the same year by the new model Freightliner Cascadia.

The American built cab-over model first arrived in Australia in 1999. At current the Argosy is available with a choice of Detroit 15-litre DD15 or X15 Cummins 15-litre in-line six-cylinder engines. Australia and New Zealand remain the only markets in the world where the Argosy is sold.

Additional improvements are planned for the Argosy with a new ‘down-speeding’ Eaton UltraShift option soon expected for Detroit DD15 engines, reportedly delivering a significant improvement in fuel economy.

“For nearly two decades, the Argosy has been a fantastic model for Freightliner,” said Freightliner Australia Pacific Director, Stephen Downes.

“It is fitting that we will say goodbye to the venerable Argosy in the same year that we welcome the cutting-edge Cascadia, which will signal the beginning of an exciting new era for Freightliner in Australia.”     

Currently, the Freightliner Cascadia is the best-selling heavy-duty truck in the United States. A right-hand drive development program is under way to bring the truck to Australia reported Daimler Truck and Bus Australia.

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