Peterbilt launches SmartLINQ remote diagnostics, new configurations for classic models

by Sonia Straface

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Peterbilt has launched a new remote diagnostics system called SmartLINQ at the Mid-America Trucking last week.

“SmartLINQ is the intelligent solution for getting the most productivity, profitability and performance from each Peterbilt equipped with this new technology,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice-president. “Utilizing Peterbilt’s new on-board diagnostics system, SmartLINQ remotely communicates truck health to the fleet manager, helping them plan and prioritize service and repairs at Peterbilt dealerships for maximum uptime while keeping deliveries on-time.”

The new diagnostics system will be standard on all Peterbilts with a Paccar MX-13 engine. It will also include a free two-year subscription.

The company claims when a fault code is detected with the system, it will generate either a “service advised,” “service immediately” or “stop engine” message to the driver to help get the vehicle serviced quickly to maximize uptime.

Peterbilt officials say the system will monitor nearly 800 fault codes and will be compatible with any telematics system. Production for SmartLINQ begins in June 2015.

In addition, Peterbilt announced that it is launching a new 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579. It goes into production in Q4 and is available in both low and mid-roof configurations.

“The new sleeper reduces weight by up to 100 lbs (in comparison to the 80-inch sleeper),” said Siver.

Though it’s smaller, Peterbilt claims the sleeper includes amenities found in the company’s largest sleepers like a television mount, refrigerator and microwave shelf.

Peterbilt also announced at MATS that it is offering the Model 567 in a set-forward front axle configuration.

“It’s ideal for mixer and weight sensitive applications,” Siver said adding that it will be available in both 115 and 121 BBC lengths.

Production is scheduled for June.

In addition, Peterbilt will also be rolling out its Models 579 and 567 in LNG configurations.

These vehicles will be equipped with the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G and will available as day cabs. The new gas vehicles are scheduled for production this coming June.

“Peterbilt is the industry’s natural gas leader with the largest market share, most experience and broadest, most versatile product lineup,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt’s assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “We offer a natural gas truck option for nearly every application, and we’re pleased to offer our flagship aerodynamic Model 579 and vocational Model 567 in an LNG configuration.”

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