Kenworth Truck Co. | TruckTech+, NAV+ HD

Two new technology products are set to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity. TruckTech+ will be available for new Kenworth Class 8 trucks specified with the Paccar MX-13 engine starting this summer. Customers will benefit from real-time vehicle health monitoring by telematics provider PeopleNet, whose system allows the MX-13 engine to “talk” with the fleet manager, Kenworth call center and dealer to optimize truck productivity.


TruckTech+ saves time by providing clear information to the driver and fleet manager on the proper next steps. Fault codes and engine performance data are sent via the truck’s standard modem to Kenworth’s analytics center, where possible root causes are diagnosed and solutions recommended via email notification. Notifications may include keep driving, no action required; keep driving and have the fault addressed during the next service interval; head to a dealer for service; or, pull over to prevent damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. In addition, the data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. The system is included for the first two years a new Kenworth Class 8 truck is on the road, or during the duration of an extended engine warranty period, if purchased. After that period, the remote diagnostics tool can be maintained by subscription.

Kenworth’s NAV+ HD is a next-generation, multi-function communication system that is standard with the premium interior package, and available as an option for all new Kenworth Class 6-8 conventional trucks. It features a 7-in. high-definition touch screen, plus integration into the Kenworth SmartWheel steering wheel. The system offers hands-free Bluetooth phone capability, truck navigation through Co-Pilot, virtual gauges, camera inputs and a host of other features. When Co-Pilot is activated, map updates can be checked for and easily downloaded. If a rearview camera is added to the truck, it can be integrated into NAV+ HD. —


The Kenworth T880 with the Paccar MX-13 engine (above) took top American Truck Dealers honors in a year the competition focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe duty truck category. A panel of judges consisting of industry experts conducted test drives and evaluated each truck entry in the key categories of innovation, design, safety, driver ergonomics and comfort. The T880 builds on what Kenworth officials contend is a heritage of quality, innovation and technology to produce industry-leading, rugged and reliable vocational trucks with outstanding performance, driver performance and quiet cab. 

Standard on the T880, the MX-13 is rated up to 500-hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque, and provides a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine for vocational applications, including dumps and heavy-haul applications over 100,000 lb. The T880 can be ordered with a 116.5-in. bumper to back of cab hood optimized for the MX-13 engine and providing enhanced visibility, or with the standard 122.5-in. hood. The 2.1-meter wide, stamped aluminum cab is robotically assembled at Kenworth factories, and delivered with robust, triple-sealed doors. The T880 also includes an air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, and lightweight, factory-installed lift axles.