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LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Both Peterbilt and Kenworth are beefing up their presence in the medium-duty market. This market is expected to heat up with the change to more regional distribution patterns that will be ushered in by the growth in E-commerce.

Peterbilt has broadened its medium duty product line with the introduction of a new Model 330 Class 6 configuration that goes into production in August and announced several enhancements to its Class 7 Model 330.

The manufacturer, which J.D. Power and Associates ranked best in customer satisfaction for medium-duty conventionals last year, is also testing the waters with its 270 COE model. That truck has just begun production at the company’s Ste. Therese. Que. plant.

Kenworth, meanwhile, has expanded the options for its K300 medium-duty cabover with the addition of a Class 6 rating for the truck that was unveiled as a heavier Class 7.

Wheelbases measure between 169 and 236 inches, offering configurations for a variety of straight truck applications.

The Kenworth K300 comes equipped with a North American drivetrain featuring a Cummins’ ISB engine (with 185 to 240 hp), six-speed Eaton Fuller AutoShift or an Allison MD-series automatic transmission. n

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