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Final Peterbilt 379 rolls off the line

DENTON, Texas -- Peterbilts final 1,000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition marked the end of an era for the manufact...

The final Peterbilt Model 379 rolls off the line.
The final Peterbilt Model 379 rolls off the line.

DENTON, Texas — Peterbilts final 1,000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition marked the end of an era for the manufacturer, who said the event completion of its 20-year run as an industry icon for ground-breaking styling, quality, prestige and legendary performance.

Peterbilt Wisconsin, in its 37th year as a Peterbilt dealer, delivered the 1000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition to TWX Corporation, based in Two Rivers, Wis. The proud owners, Kevin and Laurie Hagenow, celebrated its production by accompanying the truck through the assembly process and bringing its engine to life as they drove the truck off the production line in Denton. TWX has been in business for nearly a decade and operate a Peterbilt-exclusive fleet, pulling flatbeds and drop deck trailers.

“We are proud to have been chosen to receive this historical truck,” said Kevin Hagenow. “It joins our Peterbilt-only fleet and will continue the quality and class image given to each and every customer we service and driver we employ.”

The final 1,000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition boasted many features including: multiple unique exterior Legacy Class Edition emblems on the grille and both sides of the cab; a custom dash plate inscribed with number 1,000; a polished aluminum hood centerline; premium UltraRide seats embroidered with the Legacy Class Edition emblem; the Platinum Oval Package which includes a punched oval-pattern grille and air cleaner intake screen, polished grille bars and stainless steel sunvisor; the premium Platinum level interior; ConcertClass sound system with Sirius satellite radio; and the Peterbilt in-dash GPS Navigation System.

Since 1986 Peterbilt has produced over 230,000 Model 379s with more than 89% still in operation today.

Coming in to fill the void left by the 379 is what Peterbilt is calling the next legend, Peterbilt Model 389. The new model incorporates key styling elements of the Model 379 while adding new advanced technologies and refinements for improved aerodynamics.

The Model 389 raises the bar for styling, durability, serviceability and forward lighting. It carries all the class and legendary performance synonymous with the Model 379 and other Peterbilt models while reducing operating costs through better fuel economy, said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice-president.

Company reps say the Model 389 features an all-new, lightweight and durable aluminum hood, a new one-piece aluminum surround with a punched-oval pattern grille and polished aluminum grille bars, polished-aluminum fender reinforcements, innovative headlamps and a new aerodynamic hood ornament.

As well, the chassis has simplified routings designed for easier access to service points to further improve serviceability.

Along with the new Model 389, Peterbilt offers the Model 388 which has many of the same features, but with a shorter BBC to serve the needs of customers in more length-sensitive applications.

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