3/21/2012 3:00:00 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. â€” Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co. showed off their new heavy-duty trucks here on Wednesday, which they described as premium but competitive tractors.
Kenworthâ€™s new truck is the T680 and Peterbiltâ€™s is Model 579, each truck comes in sleeper and day cab models, and they were unveiled at back-to-back events on press day at the Mid-America Trucking Show with dry ice, action-adventure movie music and light shows.
The two companies, exhibiting at MATS, are units of truck and engine maker Paccar Inc.
The trucks are different â€œsee-touch-feelâ€� design aspects, said Peterbilt Chief Engineer Landon Sproull, but they share chassis designs, stamped aluminum cabs, aerodynamic improvements and comforts aimed at drivers.
Preston Feight, Sproullâ€™s counterpart at Kenworth, said he would match his truck against a Lexus. Peterbilt General Manager Bill Kozek said the trucks combine value with comfort.
â€œWeâ€™re not just building a posh truck; we have to compete in the market as well.â€�
Kozek and Kenworth GM Gary Moore described the launches as among the most significant in Paccarâ€™s history.
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