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Medium-duty Kenworth trucks get TruckTech+ remote diagnostics

May 14, 2019 by John Smith

Kenworth medium-duty conventional trucks now come with the option of TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics. The system will be available in new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with Paccar’s 6.7-liter PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PX-9 Paccar engine, or Cummins Westport […]

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Kenworth building for the future

April 24, 2019 by John Smith

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Kenworth is actively building its trucks and capabilities alike. Coming off a record year in which it produced 39,800 Class 8 trucks at its manufacturing facility in Chillicothe, Ohio, the OEM is now breaking ground on a new US $140-million paint facility that promises to deliver better finishes and higher productivity.

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Kenworth rolls out pre-owned warranty

November 7, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth is now offering a two-year, 400,000-km Class 8 Paccar engines pre-owned warranty through the Kenworth Certified Pre-Owned Program – offering the chance to double the coverage on a standard warranty. The warranty covers 105 engine and aftertreatment components on […]

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Peterbilt expands Paccar engine offerings

October 31, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt will offer two new ratings of Paccar’s MX-13 engines in the 2019 model year. A multi-torque 455-hp with a torque rating of 1,650 – 1,850 lb.-ft. is joined by a 405-hp model with 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. When packaged […]

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Fuel economy package available from Kenworth

October 27, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworths are now available with a Paccar powertrain fuel economy package – combining the Paccar MX-13 engine with 405 hp at 1,650 lb-ft of torque, 12-speed automated transmission, 40K tandem rear axle, and enhanced Kenworth predictive cruise control. The MX-13 […]

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Keep Cool: Engine coolants have evolved, so have maintenance needs

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Internal combustion engines burn fuel to produce kinetic energy, and generate heat in the process. That’s why we’ve always needed coolants – although, they’ve evolved from simple well water into modern-day mixtures of glycol and water. The […]

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Rugged Comfort: Test driving a Canadianized Kenworth T880S

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — While walking the grounds of a small truck show earlier this summer, I spotted this gorgeous red Kenworth along one of the rows of trucks and immediately did a double take. It wasn’t the big 76-inch sleeper […]

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MX-11 now available with Paccar 12-speed automated transmission

June 28, 2018 by John Smith

Paccar MX-11 engines are now available with the company’s proprietary 12-speed automated transmission. Features of the transmission include 1.2-million-km oil drain intervals and a high power-to-weight ratio, Peterbilt says. The end result is also reported to be strong drivability and […]

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Peterbilt brings ‘purposeful innovation’ to Silicon Valley

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – California’s Silicon Valley is known as a hotbed of high technology, and the Paccar Innovation Center is in the midst of it all. The 26,000-sq-ft facility is designed to house 50 employees, featuring a five-bay truck lab and fabrication area complete with a 3D printer for working on prototypes. But perhaps more important is the way the space is being used to collaborate on trucks and systems of the future – tapping into in-house expertise as well as the work of other companies in the famed valley.

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DAF adds to Europe’s electric trucks

May 24, 2018 by John Smith

EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — DAF Trucks, Paccar’s European counterpart to Peterbilt and Kenworth, has unveiled its first series of CF Electric trucks – adding to the battery-powered nameplates on the other side of the Atlantic.

The 4×2 tractor is developed for urban distribution applications. It’s based on the company’s DAF model, with a 210-kW electric motor at the heart of the powertrain. Power is stored in a 170 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, offering a range of about 100 km, which the company says is appropriate for high-volume distribution applications. Torque reaches up to 1,475 lb-ft.

Quick charges can be completed in 30 minutes, while full charges are possible in 1.5 hours.

The trucks for field tests will be manufactured by DAF, and the full electric installation will be completed by VDL Groep.

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Paccar 20k, 22k steer axles for Peterbilts

March 23, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt will make standard track configurations of Paccar’s 20k and 22k steer axles available beginning this May. Paccar’s heavy-duty steer axles are available on Models 567, 520, 389, 367, 365 and 348, and are ideal for vocational applications such as […]

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T680 sheds weight with MX-11, AMT

March 20, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth’s T680 can now be ordered with the Paccar MX-11 engine and proprietary automated transmission designed to support linehaul and regional haul applications with gross vehicle weights up to 110,000 pounds. The MX-11 offers up to 430 hp and 1,650 […]

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Kenworth axles with standard track

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth has unveiled new standard track options for proprietary 20,000- and 22,800-pound Paccar front axles.

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Canadian truck sales were strong in ’17

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — North America’s Class 8 truck sales closed out 2017 on a three-year high, thanks largely to tighter capacity in the freight market south of the border. Here in Canada, Freightliner dominated Class 8 sales for the year, […]