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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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Ron Schultz is global on-highway truck sales and product support manager at Caterpillar Inc. HDT: The Cat Truck started with the CT660 with a setback steer axle in 2011. Why did it take so long for the axle-forward CT681 to come out? Schultz: Part of the process is our NPI, new product introduction. This involves rigorous testing of the product and getting customer feedback on the 660 and prototypes of the 681. We got feedback on what was needed on that axle-forward model – the simple, “industrial” styling, for example. We’ll have the 680 [an axle-forward tractor] in 2015, and we continue to evaluate our expansion. We might have something else [to announce] in mid year. HDT: You’ll stay with vocational trucks? Schultz: Yes. We continue to emphasize the Cat value story — one-stop shopping, low operating cost and total life-cycle costs. HDT: Cat Trucks are built by Navistar. Aside […]

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