Peterbilt increases production of Model 587, 382

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DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt has announced an increase in production of both the Model 587 and Model 382 at its truck manufacturing facility in Denton.

“The launch of the Model 587 is an exciting opportunity for Peterbilt and has generated a high level of interest with carriers seeking fuel economy gains and improved handling for their drivers,” says Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice-president. Jackson says that strong demand since the 587’s launch in late 2010 has prompted Peterbilt to double its daily build rate.

The Model 587 is equipped with standard front air disc brakes, and newly designed steering geometry offers improved curb-to-curb manoeuvrability by 12%, officials said. In addition, Peterbilt says the 587’s innovative forward lighting system enhances visibility by more consistently distributing down-road light coverage by 35%.

The Model 587 is available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration for tanker and regional haul applications. The cab interior includes swivel seats, dual armrests and a 30-inch walk-through space. Officials say the dash layout features “stylish” colours and textures while gauges and switches have been positioned within easy reach in order to provide an ergonomic work environment.  

The Model 587 is standard with the 2010 Paccar MX engine with 380-485 horsepower range. The engine utilizes fractured cap technology in both the connecting rods and main bearing caps, designed to provide high shearing strength that result in a wide horsepower range and longer torque and power curves for more efficient operation. Peterbilt says the fully integrated systems with modular components reduce design complexity resulting in longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and higher resale value.

The Model 587 comes standard with premium interior featuring the Peterbilt’s new SmartNav system providing integrated mobile computing, telematics, navigation and truck monitoring for drivers out on the road.

Peterbilt officials have also announced an increase in production of the new Model 382, touting its “outstanding manoeuvrability, aerodynamic efficiency, and exceptional serviceability for shorter haul pick-up, delivery and diminishing load markets.”

“Optimized safety and steering capabilities for congested areas, advanced aerodynamics for excellent fuel efficiency and serviceability for lower operating costs makes the Model 382 the ultimate vehicle for the short and regional haul markets,” Jackson says. “Having delivered the first Model 382 to Columbia Distributing in December, we are excited to increase production of this vehicle delivering customers ideal performance and savings.”  

Peterbilt officials say the sloped hood of the Model 382 was designed to provide optimal visibility, while the truck’s forward-lighting system was designed to produce both a broader and brighter lighted area. With back-lit gauges, contoured door panels, and rocker switches placed within easy reach, everything in the driver’s operating environment was ergonomically designed to keep the driver alert, comfortable and productive, officials said. The HVAC system is designed to both offer improved airflow and reduced maintenance costs. Power windows, mirrors and lock switches are located in the new door pad design, as well as dual cup holders.

The new Model 382 is powered by the 2010 Cummins ISL9 engine, “which has one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in its class with heavy-duty features like replaceable wet liners,” officials said. The combination of an improved Electronic Control Module (ECM) and improved airflow will also help the ISL9 to run stronger and with greater responsiveness than previous engines, Peterbilt officials said. Ratings range from 345-380 hp with a maximum 1300 lb-ft of torque.  

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