New Pete, Kenworth vocational trucks nearing production

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Paccar said Tuesday the company would begin production of the Kenworth T880 and Peterbilt Model 567 next month. 

Both trucks are designed for the vocational market. 

Mark Pigott, Paccar chairman and chief executive officer, added Tuesday the company was in the final stages of the largest launch of new trucks and engines in the company’s history. 

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“Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF have launched new families of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles,” says Paccar President Ron Armstrong. “PACCAR’s range of engines has also been expanded with the introduction of the 2013 PACCAR MX-13 and the PACCAR MX-11 engines.”

Introduced at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth says the T880 is especially suited for dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy haul applications. The truck comes standard with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, and can be ordered with a 116.5-inch BBC hood optimized for the PACCAR MX-13 engine or with the 122.5-inch BBC hood.

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Peterbilt’s 567 is available in two BBC configurations – the 121-inch and 115-inch – in a day cab or with a selection of detachable sleeper configurations. Improvements to the 587’s interior include a redesigned dash brow and new configuration for switches, controls and storage that makes them more accessible to the driver.