Cat Vocational Trucks sets May production for CT660

Source: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.

Cat Vocational Trucks will open orders for its flagship CT660 model in April, with contract production commencing the following month at the Navistar severe service truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas. Company officials note the truck will be premium priced, and they will focus on cost of ownership.

Caterpillar capped more than two years of promotion and build up around the new aluminum cab truck, unveiling McNeilus mixer- and J&J dump body-bearing Set-Back Axle models among five CT660s at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. The truck’s sloped hood mimics the profile of a Caterpillar wheel loader and sports a black, honeycomb grille with three-piece, brushed steel surround.

For most mixer or dump applications, the CT660 will be available in the set-back configuration on 116- or 122-in. bumper to back of cab lengths; powered with Cat C11 or C13 (330- to 390-hp or 410- to 475-hp) engines using advanced Exhaust Gas Recirculation for EPA 2010 emissions compliance; and, Cat CX31 automatic plus Eaton manual or UltraShiftPlus automated manual transmissions. The CT660 and subsequent series models, including the next-in-line CT680, will be sold and serviced exclusively through Caterpillar dealers.

Leading up to ConExpo-Con/Agg, Cat Vocational Trucks noted that dealers had been training to service and support the on-highway truck line and consult with customers on Caterpillar financing, leasing and insurance options.   —