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Kenworth expands product portfolio


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kenworth is coming off a good year, in which it grew its heavy- and medium-duty market share and achieved a new record on the medium-duty side.

Jason Skoog, assistant general manager of sales and marketing for Kenworth, said the truck maker grew its Class 8 share to 14.8% of the market, marking its second best year ever. He also said the 9.2% medium-duty market share it achieved was a new record. He made the announcements at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s spring meetings.

Skoog noted more than 40% of Kenworth trucks sold now have the Paccar MX-13 engine in them. The company just began production of trucks with the MX-11 engine, which Skoog said reduces weight by about 400 lbs, and provides a fuel economy benefit of about 2%.

Kenworth also provided several product updates. Skoog said the company has sold 2,000 T680 and T880 trucks with the new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper launched last year. This gives up to 5% better fuel economy in applications that are best suited for mid-roof sleepers, such as tanker.

The company also announced it now has more than 10,000 trucks in service with the company’s new TruckTech+ remote diagnostics platform. They have collectively logged 170 million miles to date.

Kenworth is launching a new 40-inch sleeper this month. It will provide a 260-lb weight savings compared to a 52-inch sleeper. It’s ideal for oilfield applications and others in which a small bunk is needed, Skoog said.

The T370 medium-duty truck has been expanded to offer 46,000-lb rear axles for Baby 8 applications.

Also new is an extended chassis for the T680 Advantage, which will go into production in May. It’s flared out to improve aerodynamics. An under-sleeper fuel fill option is available.

Kenworth also announced it’s offering the new Bendix Wingman Fusion safety system, which combines radar and camera capabilities into a single system. New features include the ability to read speed limit signs and notify the driver or fleet manager when speed infractions occur.

Skoog said Kenworth is also launching a new auto start/stop system to ensure batteries are kept charged while the driver is sleeping. And it’s offering a clean back of cab DEF tank on the T880 and T680.

Skoog said Kenworth is projecting total truck demand in the US/Canada market to be about 230,000-260,000 units this year, down from about 280,000 in 2015.

“We still expect it to be the second or third largest market of the past decade,” he said.

A new 40-inch sleeper on a T780.

A new 40-inch sleeper on a T780.


James Menzies

James Menzies

James Menzies is executive editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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