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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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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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Peterbilt control unit simplifies upfitting

September 25, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt has unveiled a new Vehicle Electrical Control Unit (VECU) to increase functionality and simplify the upfitting process for Model 567 and 579 trucks. Upfitters now enjoy customized settings for PTO operations, multiplex switches to improve diagnostics, and additional safety […]

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Video: Exploring the electrified Model 579

July 18, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif – Peterbilt has been working on electrified vehicles for decades. There was a series electric hybrid tractor unveiled in 1998, followed in later years by parallel-electric hybrids, and a parallel-hydraulic hybrid. When the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) […]

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Video: Peterbilt’s augmented reality in action

July 11, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – David Yin, Peterbilt’s technical publications manager, knows there is plenty of repair information available to technicians. Peterbilt has 20 million records pertaining to all vehicles and their electrical connections alone.

But, to be honest, he knows it isn’t necessarily being consumed.

A new augmented reality tool, scheduled to be rolled out in late 2019, could help to change that by transforming CAD computing models into 3D images.

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Wingman Fusion standard on Peterbilt 579

June 28, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix Wingman Fusion is now a standard offering on Peterbilt’s 579. Combining camera, radar and braking system, Fusion effectively acts like a driver’s second set of eyes. When necessary it issues alerts, reduces the throttle, and even applies the brakes. […]

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Pass-through seat, alert switch for Model 567 and 579

June 28, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt has introduced a new alert switch and pass-through seat for the Model 567 and 579 trucks, each designed after feedback from groups like the Women in Trucking Association. The alert switch on the sleeper control button is much like […]

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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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Updated: ‘An excellent position to set records’: Peterbilt GM

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Peterbilt general manager Jason Skoog is understandably bullish about the state of North America’s truck market.

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Mack, Peterbilt showcase electric plans at Waste Expo

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Mack and Peterbilt are both offering peeks into their electric ambitions during the Waste Expo show in Las Vegas, Nev. Earlier today, Mack announced plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model with an […]

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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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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, […]

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On the Spot with Peterbilt’s 579 UltraLoft

March 5, 2018 by Dan Robinson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Peterbilt has unveiled a new 80-inch integral sleeper known as the UltraLoft, adding an array of features to the Model 579 that improve comfort for team drivers and enhance aerodynamics in the process. “It has that distinctive […]

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UltraLoft takes 579 to new heights

February 21, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt has unveiled a new 80-inch integral sleeper known as the UltraLoft, adding an array of features to the Model 579 that improve comfort for team drivers and enhance aerodynamics in the process.

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UltraLoft takes Model 579 to new heights

February 15, 2018 by John Smith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Peterbilt has unveiled a new 80-inch integral sleeper known as the UltraLoft, adding an array of features to the Model 579 that improve comfort for team drivers and enhance aerodynamics in the process.
“It has that distinctive Peterbilt style,” said Scott Newhouse, chief engineer, also referring to added storage, lower and upper bunk space, and the widest mattress in the industry. “The driver experience starts when you’re in the cab. It’s a big, open space with plenty of headroom.”

The upper mattress itself measures 82 x 36 inches, while the lower bunk is an expansive 85 x 42 inches. “The lower bunk can actually handle a seven-foot-tall person,” Newhouse said.