PEORIA, Ill. –The North American trucking industry will get its first look at the new Cat vocational truck at the Conexpo trade show in March.
The company has announced the first model of a full line of Cat vocational trucks, the CT660, will be unveiled at the show on March 22, 2011. The Class 8 truck will be sold and serviced through Caterpillar’s North American dealer network.
Production will begin after the show with customer deliveries to commence later that year, Cat has announced.
The truck will be aimed at applications involving rock and trash haulage and concrete pouring. The truck has been designed with customer feedback in mind, the company says.
“Our design and manufacturing has been focused squarely on making the customer input we gathered a reality,” said George Taylor, director and general manager of the Cat Global On-Highway Department.
“We coupled customer input with our knowledge learned from years of experience working closely with different industries to meet their heavy equipment needs to identify the ideal standard options for various industry applications. As a result, we’re proud we will deliver a line of vocational trucks that our customers want, knowing they are built for a wide variety of jobs.”
The first heavy-duty Cat truck will be available as a day cab with a full range of engine and torque ratings. It will be powered by a Cat CT11 engine with 330-390 hp, a Cat CT13 with 410-475 hp and in 2012 a Cat CT15 with 435-550 hp.
It will also come with an available Cat CX31 torque converter-style automatic transmission, allowing for three standard locations for rear power take-offs.
“These trucks are everything the Cat brand represents in terms of quality, durability, reliability, and driver ergonomics, so we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction to the CT660 at Conexpo,” said Cat vocational truck product manager Gary Blood.
Caterpillar dealers are already getting up to speed on the new truck, according to Ed Cullen, strategy/dealer development manager.
“We’re sure owners, as well as the drivers, will be thrilled when we share details about the features and benefits of the CT660 at our unveiling, and they’ll be equally thrilled with our full Cat truck line over the coming years, because these are the trucks customers told us they wanted,” he said.
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