High Five: Pete rolls out newest class 5 conventional

DENTON, Tex. — Peterbilt Motors has officially introduced the new Model 325, its first vehicle dedicated to the specific needs of the Class 5 market.

The Model 325 is ideal for the complete range of Class 5 applications including vehicle recovery and towing, lease/rental, pick-up and delivery and business services such as parcel delivery, landscaping and construction. The truck begins production in mid-July.

“The new Model 325 is the ideal truck for customers seeking a non-CDL, easy to operate, reliable and affordable truck in the rapidly growing class 5 segment,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president.

Rated at 19,500 pounds in a straight truck configuration, the truck is equipped with the new fuel efficient paccar PX-6 engine available in 200 HP, 240 HP and 300 HP ratings and torque ratings up to 620 lb.-ft. It comes standard with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with ABS and a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is available as an option.

Pete says the Model 325 is extremely durable, from the all-aluminum cab to the steel bumper and aerodynamic hood and fenders made from Metton, an advanced composite material which can withstand minor impacts, bumps and scratches. A stainless steel grille with chrome surround provides greater protection compared to plastic grilles and also adds distinctive Peterbilt style to the vehicle, the company says.

The new class 5, gives Peterbilt one of the industry’s broadest lineups of medium duty trucks, the company boasts. The Model 325 joins the conventional Model 330, Model 335, Model 340 and cabover Model 220 and Model 210.

“From Class 5 to Class 7, we have a complete lineup of conventional and cabover trucks that exceeds expectations of current and prospective customers,” said Scott Pearson, Peterbilt assistant general manager, Sales and Marketing.

Customers will soon have the opportunity to experience the new Model 325 through the Models of Innovation Tour – a road show designed to provide existing and prospective customers the chance to test and evaluate the Model 325 in a live operation.

The tour features every 2008 Peterbilt model for the aerodynamic, traditional, vocational and medium duty market segments. The fleet of vehicles is distributed throughout Peterbilt’s dealer network consisting of 238 locations across the United States and Canada.

Customers should contact their Peterbilt dealer for more details and to make arrangements to participate in the program.

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