Two-Pedal Transmission

| April 07, 2005

The daycab is available in the company’s Diamond and Splendor interior lining options. A QuietCab noise reduction package is also available, and the extended cab adds 175 pounds to Kenworth’s typical daycab. Owners of T600, T800 and W900 with AeroCab sleepers can convert those trucks to an extended daycab with an easy-to-use kit, the company says.

The company also announced a new $2,500 customer incentive on select 2003 models already in dealer inventory. Kenworth will give customers a check for $2,500 or allow them to apply the incentive toward a down payment, principal reduction, Kenworth PremierCare preventive maintenance contract or an extended warranty. To qualify, truck purchases and financing must be completed by April 30.


DiscPlus Air Brakes

ArvinMeritor has expanded its DiscPlus air disc brakes family to include two EX225 models – available in October throughout North America – for a wide variety of heavy-duty truck, specialty vehicles, and trailer applications.

The new air disc brake will be offered in two configurations: the EX225L is a lightweight air disc brake for linehaul applications, and the EX225H is designed for heavier duty applications, such as coaches and fire trucks.

The EX225 series air disc brakes feature a modular sliding caliper design, which installs in 22.5-inch wheel envelopes. The EX225L offers a 35 percent increase in torque, a 15 percent increase in wearable lining volume and is 12 percent lighter than its predecessor. The EX225H offers further increases in wearable lining volume and torque, the company said.

The brakes also feature internal automatic adjustment for pad wear, sealed synchronized twin pistons and robust sealing of slide pins for environmental protection. The brake can be supplied with an optional electronic pad wear sensor, an electrical pad wear warning indicator or a simple visual wear indicator.


Wabash Trailers

Wabash National Corp. has developed a new dry van trailer line: FreightPro. The FreightPro is a repackaged traditional sheet-and-post trailer design, the company said, and it comes with standard features such as an air-ride suspension, premium brakes and corrosion-resistant DuraPlate doors.

The FreightPro has a high-strength nose design, comprised of four 16-gauge steel posts, and a front apron wrapper made of extruded aluminum for added protection. A built-in aluminum gutter prevents moisture from entering the cargo area.

Fitted with a carbon steel, powder-coated rear frame, the FreightPro also features a non-slip bumper surface for increased safety. The sidewall is durably constructed and easy to repair, the company said. It includes a 12-inch steel scuff for lower sidewall protection.
Wabash also introduced the DuraPlate HD trailer, which features a unique base plate design that provides an extra 22 inches of lower sidewall protection. It does not require an interior scuff liner.

DuraPlate panels are made from a composite material, consisting of a polyethylene plastic core sandwiched between two sheets of pre-painted, high-strength galvanized steel designed to resist punctures, scrapes and corrosion.

Wabash also has created a used trailer network. Wabash Used Trailers will have five regional centers – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and other locations to be developed on the East Coast and West Coast. Trailer modifications and repair services will be available at each facility. Used trailers will also be available for purchase at Wabash’s 31 factory-owned branches. The inventory will be available online at a new website,

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New Warranty Program

Arrow Truck Sales, a dealer with locations across North America, has launched its 30-Day Warranty Ready-Truck Program, which provides a limited warranty on engines, transmissions and rears on all 1996 and newer trucks.

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