The American Truck Dealers has announced the nine nominees for the 2013 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, a national award recognizing the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories.
A five-member panel of journalists drove and evaluated the trucks at ADESA Las Vegas Oct. 5 to determine a winner for each category. Jack Roberts, equipment editor for Overdrive, was one of the judges.
The heavy-duty (Class 8) truck nominees are Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (equipped with Detroit DT12 transmission), Kenworth T680 76-inch Sleeper with PACCAR MX Engine, Peterbilt Model 579 and Western Star 4700SF.
The medium-duty (Class 3-7) nominees are Ford F-650, Hino 195h, Isuzu Reach, Kenworth K370 Cabover and Peterbilt 337 Extended Day Cab.
The annual award, which will be presented Feb. 10 during the 2013 ATD Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., recognizes a winner in both the heavy- and medium-duty truck categories. The ATD convention will once again run concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo in Orlando from Feb. 8-11.
In addition to Roberts, judges are Tom Berg, chief judge, Heavy Duty Trucking; Paul Hartley, writer and owner of AddMedia; David Kolman, Fleet Maintenance Magazine, and Jim Park, Heavy Duty Trucking. The judging categories include innovation and design, safety and driver satisfaction.
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