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MATS Report: Peterbilts newest truck models now up and running

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Peterbilt announced a complete overhaul of its truck line-up last year at the Mid-America Trucki...


Peterbilt introduced a number of new models last year which are now in full production.
Peterbilt introduced a number of new models last year which are now in full production.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Peterbilt announced a complete overhaul of its truck line-up last year at the Mid-America Trucking Show, representing the largest product development in company history. The company reported at this years Mid-America show that the product launch has gone off without a hitch and most models are now in full production.

Peterbilts new product line includes a full slate of aerodynamic, traditional, vocational and medium-duty trucks.

Peterbilt has successfully transitioned to manufacturing the new models equipped with emissions-compliant technologies, said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice-president. Throughout our operations, meticulous steps were taken to ensure our products are of high quality and are crafted to exacting requirements.

New models have been in operation throughout North America in a wide variety of applications and environments for months, and customer acceptance is very high, added Scott Pearson, assistant general manager of sales and marketing. In development of the new products, we were able to mitigate the impact of the new engines and aftertreatment devices used to meet the new 2007 emissions regulations.

New trucks added to the Pete family last year include: The aerodynamically-styled 384 and 387 day cab; the traditional 389 and 388; the vocational 367, 365 and 340; and the medium-duty 220 cabover and 330 conventional. All are currently in production except the 384 and 387, which will enter full-scale production in the second quarter, Peterbilt officials announced.

Peterbilt also announced its ComfortClass engine-off cab comfort system will be available as a factory-installed option midway through 2007. Much like Kenworths Clean Power system, ComfortClass is a battery-based system that provides heating, cooling and 110-volt hotel load power for up to 10 hours. The system will be available on Class 8 trucks with a 70-inch Unibilt sleeper.

The ComfortClass system can reduce annual fuel consumption by about 8%, said Peterbilt chief engineer, Landon Sproull. That results in a significant bottom line improvement by reducing operating expenses by as much as $5,000 a year per vehicle.

He added the system is fully-compliant with existing and impending state and municipal anti-idling regulations.

Also new to Peterbilt is a driver information display that will come standard in select models including the 389, 388, 386, 384, 367 and 365. The display allows drivers to see key data including their fuel usage.

The new Driver Information Display puts valuable vehicle performance data at the operators fingertips, said Pearson, adding the display includes a range of information that helps drivers achieve optimal vehicle operation and fuel efficiency.

Information available through the display includes: fuel economy over a trip or the life of the vehicle; optimum engine speed; average speed over a measured distance; engine operating hours; idle-time; and truck and engine serial numbers. Also, fault codes have been replaced with text messages delivered in laymans terms to help with diagnostics.


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