For the Record
While North American truck sales continue to struggle, Sobic noted Paccar’s aftermarket performance was strong. He said Paccar Parts grew by 7 percent year-over-year with $1.9 billion in revenue. The parts division operates 13 global distribution centers and has implemented new technologies such as a voice recognition system that provides a 30 percent improvement in pick productivity and error reduction of 1 in 40,000 lines picked.
“Suppliers have asked us if we are willing to share these technologies,” Sobic said. “The answer is a resounding ‘yes.’”
Sobic also discussed the company’s development and introduction of its new lineup of MX engines that use selective catalytic reduction to achieve the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards.
“When we bought DAF in 1996, many in the European press asked why?” Sobic recalled, noting the company was in bankruptcy and not noted for high-quality products. The appeal, he said, was the company’s experience in global engine manufacturing with more than 900,000 engines produced in 50 years.
The acquisition, bolstered by a nearly $1 billion investment, laid the foundation for the company’s new lineup of Paccar MX engines. Sobic said the engines have undergone more than 300,000 test hours and more than 50 million North American test miles. The feedback from customers, he said, is improved fuel economy, quiet operation and ample pulling power. The engines are EPA/CARB 2010 certified in all 50 states.
When asked if the company has any plans to introduce engines with exhaust gas recirculation technology, Sobic responded, “I think we are very comfortable with our SCR strategy.”
Charlotte Diesel Super Show Debuts this Month
Trucking and construction industry personnel and enthusiasts will find plenty to see and do Oct. 8-9 during the inaugural Charlotte Diesel Super Show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway z-Max Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Produced by Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information, which also produces the Great American Trucking Show and Great West Truck Show, the Charlotte Diesel Super Show will be a one-of-a-kind outdoor extravaganza. Activities include industry-related displays, truck drag races and a Custom Rigs Pride & Polish truck beauty contest where contestants will compete for cash and prizes.
Attendees can also register to win a free 150-mph ride around the Charlotte Motor Speedway track in a NASCAR racecar. On Saturday night, country music star John Rich, formerly of Big & Rich, will perform a free concert.
“Attendees at the Charlotte Diesel Super Show will be able to see the latest truck and construction equipment, watch live demonstrations, be able to participate in ride and drives and enjoy all sorts of activities,” says Alan K. Sims, vice president/executive director, Randall-Reilly Events. “There will truly be something for everyone.”
The Charlotte Diesel Super Show offers free truck and vehicle parking and there’s RV parking and campsites available on-site. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or group sales are available at a discount for 10 or more tickets by calling (888) 349-4287. Adult admission is $20 for a two-day pass or $15 for a one-day pass. Tickets for children ages 7 to 16 are $10 for two days or $7 for one day. Children 6 and under can attend for free.