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Jun 06, 2012
PACCAR launches next generation Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks: new aerodynamic vehicles establish industry quality benchmark.
At the Mid-Americal Trucking Show in Louiseville, Kentucky, PACCAR unveiled its new technology-driven, industry-leading aerodynamic trucks, the Kenworth T680 and the Peterbilt Model 579.



“These exciting vehicles are the result of a four-year, US$400 million development programme,” said Mark Pigott, PACCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These premium aerodynamic trucks, with a 2.1-metre cab width, are powered by the fuel-efficient PACCAR MX engine and deliver outstanding performance, high reliability and low cost of ownership. The new trucks are equipped with the PACCAR MX-13 diesel engine with a range of 380 to 485 horsepower.” The new vehicles will build on the record 28.1% market share achieved by Kenworth and Peterbilt in the North America Class 8 truck market in 2011.

Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President said, “The new Peterbilt Model 579 enhances the legacy of superb Peterbilt vehicles that have established the industry benchmark for vehicle quality and resale value. Our range of three cab sizes is similar in concept to the series of luxury automobiles offered by leading European manufacturers.  Peterbilt has designed a driver experience that reflects the ergonomic and efficient operating environment, anchored by PACCAR’s new driver’s seat, an intuitive electronic navigational and infotainment package, wrapped in a modular dashboard and complemented by a luxurious sleeper compartment.”

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