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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 Jim Park

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.

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Strong economy, $60 oil driving truck sales, Peterbilt says

February 15, 2018 by John Smith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Peterbilt is projecting sales of Class 8 trucks in Canada and the U.S. to reach between 235,000 and 265,000 units this year, with another 85,000 medium-duty trucks to be sold on top of that. Several economic conditions back the healthy projections.

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Peterbilt builds 1 millionth truck

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

DENTON, TX – Peterbilt has now built 1 million trucks, with a Model 567 Heritage model rolling off the assembly line at its manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas. “The production of one million trucks is a proud moment,” said Kyle […]

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A Canadian Pete, eh

January 3, 2018 by John Smith

This is Canada’s sesquicentennial and Peterbilt is helping to celebrate with the new Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition Model 389.

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Rear discs for Model 579

December 14, 2017 by John Smith

Rear disc brakes are now standard on Peterbilt Model 579 trucks, building on the stopping power of front disc brakes introduced to the model in 2012.

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Super fan to get 1,000,000th Peterbilt

October 27, 2017 by John Smith

DENTON, TX – Peterbilt will produce its 1,000,000th truck in mid-January — and a “super fan” of the trucks with their signature red ovals will have a chance to drive it away.

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Test Drive: Paccar unveils 12-speed automated transmission

August 25, 2017 by John Smith

Paccar is the latest North American truck manufacturer to bring a proprietary automated transmission to market. Called the Paccar Automated Transmission, it’s a 12-speed, twin countershaft design that was conceived as an automated transmission, which is to say, it was designed that way. It’s not a manual box fitted with add-on shift-actuators. Paccar says it’s the lightest automated transmission currently in production. At just 657 pounds, it is nearly 200 pounds lighter than Eaton’s Advantage AMT.
The addition of the automated transmission completes Paccar’s goal of having a fully integrated proprietary powertrain. Paccar says its new transmission has been performance-optimized for MX-series engines and the new 40,000-pound drive axles unveiled in October 2016.

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Slacks, spring brakes for Peterbilts

August 24, 2017 by John Smith

Bendix Versajust LS slack adjusters and Eversure spring brakes are now available as factory options on Peterbilt trucks.

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Peterbilt picks parts council

August 16, 2017 by John Smith

RENTON, WA – Two Canadians will have seats on the 2017 Peterbilt Parts Council, Paccar Parts has announced.

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Select Paccars recalled for fuel pumps

July 31, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – Paccar is recalling certain 2017-18 Peterbilt 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587 trucks, and 2018 Kenworth C500, T680, T800, T880 and W900 trucks equipped with Cummins ISX 15L engines because of a potential issue with fuel pumps.

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PACCAR axles for vocational Peterbilts

May 9, 2017 by John Smith

Peterbilt vocational trucks can now be spec’d with the new PACCAR 20,000- and 22,000-pound wide track steer axles designed for applications such as refuse, construction and heavy-haul.

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Peterbilt Model 520 configurations

May 9, 2017 by John Smith

Peterbilt has unveiled three new cab configurations for its Model 520. It now comes in left-hand, right-hand, and right-hand stand-up drive as well as the existing dual-seated drive.