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Cat offers CT660 vocational truck

Jack Roberts | March 21, 2011

Caterpillar CT660

When Caterpillar announced in 2008 it would enter the on-highway truck market, there was speculation as to just how much of a Caterpillar truck the final product would be. Cat was partnering with Navistar to produce the new truck. The two companies share a long history of collaboration on engine projects and high-pressure fuel system development.

The new Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck, introduced March 20 at the ConExpo construction equipment show, isn’t simply an International Workstar with shade of yellow lipstick. Caterpillar engineers say their new truck is “essentially new from the frame rails up.”

The set-back axle configuration Class 8 truck will be on the order board in April, with production set to start in May and deliveries to begin in July.

Caterpillar CT11, CT13 and forthcoming CT15 engines are Navistar MaxxForce diesel engines. But Cat engineers put their own distinctive stamp on this truck with styling cues from the company’s wheel loader line and placed emphasis on cab ergonomics.

The CT660 has a distinct Caterpillar look, thanks to a brushed aluminum grill surround that gives the truck a bold, distinctive look. The aerodynamic hood features a sloped design for increased visibility and decreased drag for greater fuel economy.

The CT660’s instrument cluster and center stack feature an integrated speedometer/tachometer that can be read through the steering wheel. Cat will offer its Cat Link equipment telematics system as standard, with a complimentary three-year subscription on all CT660 trucks.

The system will give drivers and fleet managers access to truck-specific data, including fuel economy, hours of operation, vehicle location, maintenance and trouble-shooting information. Other in-cab features include a premium sound insulation system to reduce road noise and an all-new HVAC system.

Engine options for the CT660 include the Cat CT11, CT13 and CT15—with displacements of 11.1, 12.5 and 15.2 liters, respectively. Horsepower ratings range from 330 to 550 and peak torque ratings range from 1,450 to 1,850 lb.-ft.

The engines use Navistar’s advanced exhaust-gas-recirculation system with a high-pressure common-rail fuel system, precision intake-air management system and electronic controls. The Compact Graphite engine block reduces weight by as much as 500 pounds compared with conventional all-iron designs.

Cat’s CX31 automatic transmission, built for off-highway trucks, will be offered on CT660 trucks. The transmission features six forward speeds and one reverse, and is built to complement the torque output of Cat CT Series engines. In addition, the CT660 can be specified with other transmission options, including the manual and UltraShift Plus vocational transmissions built by Eaton.

“The CT660 is not a one-trick pony,” Taylor said. “This is the first truck in what will eventually be a complete line of Caterpillar vocational trucks. And all of these trucks will be fully customizable for a wide array of vocational applications and purpose-built for those applications.”

  • greg booker

    Looks like a Mack to me ? Is there a
    big enough market for another brand ?
    Like the Marmon ,FWDs ,is there really
    that much room for heavy chassis ?
    A export truck .
    I wish them well in there endevor .

  • charles b. good

    I agree. this so called CAT looks like a tired old Mack design. Plus whats with the Navistar engines. Not that Navistar engines are bad, but owner operators want real Caterpiller engines with real transmissions, not soft looking girlie trucks with automatic transmissions.

  • Klank

    There not Navistar really there Cat designed engines built by Navistar! Kinda like how Navistar built Ford’s Superduty Powerstroke engines! I think this is a breath of fresh air since their focusing on vocational trucks first such as would be great for like hauling logs up north on the Golden Road! I wouldn’t doubt we might even see the Pelletiers purchase one as they weren’t to happy with some of there WS’s!

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  • Robert Mishawaka

    As a truck mechanic I loved CATS because of the job security that out of every 20 trucks that were towed in for engine problems, 19 of them would be blown up CATS. As an owner operator I would not touch anything that had anything to do with CAT.

  • Josh

    I’m a cat mechanic myself and I don’t think that I agree with Robert. I’ve been in the truck shop and they weren’t
    “BLOWN UP” they just had a lot of “art head” problems. And if you are an older gen cat engine man then you would know about the little fuel turn up screw that the engine had in them..they gave what you could do to them in the specs, but when you push the truck past a limit then what happens? I personal think Cat is going the right way, although I’d like to see what this truck is really made of. I’ve had a lot of drives complain about Cat taking the over the road engine out and they weren’t really all that happy with that. So I think Cat is coming around to seeing that they are wanted in the market pretty bad! But thats just my opinion just like everyone elses. I also know that I agree it kinda looks like a Mack/Volvo. Oh well I’m impressed, but like I said I want to see what these things are made of before I start really saying I’m all bout the new Cat trucks! Also on the note of throughing trucks down the drain i know plenty of trucks I could say I’ve seen go down in the last couple of years LOL..but I’m not here to dog! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.