Kenworth wins commercial Truck of the Year

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A company that campaigns its units as “The World’s Best” has another credential to back the claim.

Kenworth’s T880 took the American Truck Dealer’s Commercial Truck of the Year honors at the ATD Convention and Expo in San Francisco Saturday over competing entries from International (WorkStar 7600) and Peterbilt (Model 567).

Each truck was judged by a panel of leading commercial trucking journalists along with Greg Nauertz, a long-time driver for YRC in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier in the week. This year marked the first time a professional driver acted as a judge.

As judged, the T880 featured a Paccar MX-13 engine and got high marks from the judges for exterior design and style along, with praise for its redesigned interior. Judges also noted attention to detail in the truck’s overall design. The truck’s handling at both high and low speeds was also highly noted.

WorkStar got high marks for aesthetics and stance along with roomy cab and interior layout.

Pete’s Model 567 entry featured a natural gas engine and got high marks for safety.