Kenworth New Medium Duty Models Begin Production
The Kenworth new medium duty models are now in production at the PACCAR assembly plant in Sainte-Thérèse, Québec.
“Our new medium duty trucks are an impressive addition to the World’s Best product line. They set the industry standard for quality, reliability, durability and performance for the many diverse medium duty applications in the U.S. and Canadian markets. It’s great to launch this new lineup into production at the PACCAR Sainte-Thérèse plant,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.
"The employees at PACCAR Sainte-Thérèse are dedicated to building excellent medium duty trucks. Every vehicle they build is assembled with leading-edge technology. We take great pride in this opportunity to produce Kenworth’s outstanding new medium duty trucks,” said Chakib Toubal-Seghir, PACCAR Sainte-Thérèse plant manager. The 39,500 m2 state-of-the-art plant has produced nearly 240,000 medium duty trucks since it was opened in 1999.
The new medium duty conventionals feature the T180 (Class 5), T280 (Class 6), T380 (Class 7) and T480 (light Class 8). The new T380V and T480V models are for vocational applications. The Kenworth vehicles are available with the 6.9 l PACCAR PX-7 and 8.9 l PACCAR PX-9 engines. Kenworth also offers the near-zero emission Cummins Westport 8.9 l L9N natural gas engine as an option.
The new, robust yet lightweight, PACCAR TX-8 automatic 8-speed transmission is standard. The transmission can handle up to 1,000 lb ft of torque with 25,850 kg GCWR when matched to the PACCAR PX-7 or PACCAR PX-9 engine.
The trucks may be specified with either a standard low roof or a raised roof option.
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