Fresh equipment

| May 01, 2006

Thousands of truckers attend the Mid-America Trucking Show each year to check out new equipment and services.

Innovation was the name of the game at the 2006 Mid-America Trucking Show, held March 23-25 in Louisville, Ky. Several truck makers introduced new or improved models, and the engine makers confirmed their plans for the 2007 emissions standards.

Kenworth T660
Kenworth Truck Co. unveiled the Kenworth T660, an aerodynamic tractor that will replace the T600 in 2007.

The truck will offer several new systems and options, including improved seating and headlamps, options for in-cab navigation and the Clean Power System, an anti-idling system that uses alternator current while the engine is operating to charge a power pack that powers cooling, heating and hotel-load 110-volt electric power when the truck is parked.

“The new Kenworth T660 is the latest evolution of our quality aerodynamic product line and reinforces Kenworth’s leadership in fuel economy performance,” said Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president.

The T660′s new standard Halogen projector low beams provide 40 percent more light down the road than a sealed beam lamp and last three times longer. Buyers can also spec a Xenon High Intensity Discharge configuration that provides 75 percent more light than sealed-beam lamps and lasts 11 times longer.

The Clean Power System could improve overall fuel economy by as much as 8 percent by eliminating the one gallon of fuel typically burned per idle hour, Kenworth says. The system, which will be available first on the T660 and then on the W900, will keep the sleeper cool for 10 hours.

In other news, Kenworth introduced a Class 6, air brake-equipped version of its T300 medium-duty truck.

Peterbilt Line
Completing its largest product investment in corporate history, Peterbilt launched eight new or upgraded models across its medium- and heavy-duty truck line, all available in early 2007.

The biggest change in the line comes in the form of the new 389, which will replace the company’s flagship, the classically designed and legendary 379. The 389 incorporates new aerodynamic features such as modeled bumpers, external air cleaner trim panels, soft curve fairings to battery boxes and a new proprietary roof fairing while maintaining the classic lines of the 379.

“Our new lineup of premium trucks represents the best new products Peterbilt has ever offered,” said Dan Sobic, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.

Other new medium- and heavy-duty models:

  • Model 387 day cab

  • Model 384
  • Model 367 and 365 vocational trucks
  • Model 340 and 330

The 387 day cab and 384, which can be configured as either a daycab or sleeper, join Peterbilt’s other aerodynamic models, the 387 sleeper and the 386. “Fuel prices have risen dramatically and remain high,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt’s chief engineer. “Helping our customers offset these costs through aerodynamic design is a priority for Peterbilt.”

The medium-duty 330 and 340 will complement the 335. In the 330, Pete offers a light-duty Class 6 truck, which will serve fleets trying to tap into the broad pool of drivers who do not have commercial driver’s licenses.

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