KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth has introduced Allison 2000 and 2400 automatic transmissions for its T300 medium-duty truck.
Automatics are quickly becoming a popular spec on Class 6 and 7 vehicles, notes Mike Parrish, Kenworth medium-duty product marketing manager.
“The Allison transmission is an excellent match for our T300,” insists Parrish. He adds both models are fully automatic, five-speed overdrive transmissions with lockup and a powerful 32-bit microprocessor. Power-take-off (PTO) drive gears are optional.
“City work is a key application,” he says. “An automatic is so much easier to operate in congested driving conditions, and they’re safer – drivers keep both hands on the wheel and there is no shifting involved. What’s more, there is no rollback, which is great for those operating in hilly areas.”
According to Parrish, the Allison transmissions are mated to Caterpillar’s 3126 engine rated at 545 foot-pounds of torque or below. A Spicer SPL100 driveline is also part of the package.
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