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Kenworth celebrated the delivery of its one millionth truck to TransAm Trucking of Lathe, Kan. The 91 year-old truck manufacturer held a ceremony to celebrate the milestone at the Kenworth assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. The truck was a T680 Advantage with the 455 horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engine and a factory installed Kenworth aerodynamic package. TransAm Trucking has a fleet of over 1,400 trucks and 2,400 trailers and operates over 1,000 Kenworth Class 8 trucks. “We’ve received excellent performance from our Kenworth T680s with the PACCAR MX-13 engine,” said Russ McElliott, president of TransAm. “Our partnership with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth continues to be very productive and successful.” Kenworth was founded in 1923 in Seattle and has grown from producing less than 100 trucks annually to more than 45,000 in 2014, the second highest amount in company history. “The production and delivery of our one millionth truck caps off an outstanding year […]

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Comments Off on 2015 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Between light-duty pickups and Class 8 haulers sits the industry’s largest segment — medium-duty trucks. They carry tools and materials to construction sites, beverages and snacks to stores, propane to rural homes, and run pick up & delivery routes along slim city streets. In our annual look at the latest midrange offerings we highlight the upcoming 2015 models offered by their prospective companies, while truck manufacturers weighed in on equipment trends and industry issues. Ford: Fuel economy comes in many shapes and sizes ADVERTISEMENT Ask any fleet manager about cost savings, and fuel economy will come up quickly in the conversation. For Ford, there are a number of ways to achieve this, including buying new vehicles. “We are seeing increased growth and sales in the medium-duty segment,” says Mark Lowrey, marketing manager for F-Series Fleet Trucks at Ford. “Our customers are replacing aged vehicles as the economy begins to recover […]

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Comments Off on Test Drive: Kenworth T880 Heavy-Haul

Heavy haul is one of many tasks that the increasingly popular vocational model has been engineered for. Eighty thousand pounds, the federal cap on truck weight that’s observed by many states, is regularly exceeded by heavy-haulers. With proper permits and escorts, they carry large, non-divisible loads such as electrical transformers and construction equipment on hefty lowboy trailers. Gross combination weights often exceed 100,000 or 200,000 pounds. When I see a rig like that, I envy its driver. Once in a great while I do drive such things, and this Kenworth T880 heavy-haul tractor was almost that kind of experience. Its gross vehicle weight rating exceeded 80K by 2.5 tons.  However, my hosts at Kenworth’s Chillicothe, Ohio, plant where this tractor was assembled couldn’t arrange a massive load. So we instead pulled a partly loaded van for a GCW of about 56,000 pounds — shucks! But it still gave a hint […]

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