Peterbilt assembles two medium-duty companions to 567 workhorse

Peterbilt Motors has added Models 537 and 548 to its Class 7/8 segment offering, crediting the trucks’ versatility to robust multiplex electrical architecture and engineering that deliver “seamless body builder integration allowing customers complete customization.” Both trucks feature the new eight-speed Paccar TX-8 automatic transmission, paired with Paccar PX-7 or PX-9 engines. The transmission monitors changes in road grade, vehicle…

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Peterbilt unveils all-new medium-duty companions to 567 workhorse series

Sources: Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas; CP staff Peterbilt Motors has added Models 537 and 548 to its Class 7/8 segment offering, crediting the trucks’ versatility to robust multiplex electrical architecture and engineering that delivers “seamless body builder integration allowing customers complete customization.”

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Mixer- and dump-grade T480 tops Kenworth medium duty series

Sources: Kenworth Truck, Kirkland, Wash.; CP staff As a smaller companion to its T880 flagship model for construction and other vocational applications, Kenworth has added a light Class 8 truck whose 107-in. or 109.5-in. bumper to back of cab length nets concrete mixer or dump packages for operators in urban markets or other environments where site conditions necessitate tight turning…

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TRUCKS & COMPONENTS

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Original equipment manufacturers anticipate 2016 heavy-duty truck shipments down against near-record 2015 delivery levels, especially due to a drop in demand among mainline freight customers. In the vocational segment, including mixer- and dump-grade models, OEM and body builders report more stable market conditions this year.

 
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MANUFACTURERS – SEPTEMBER 2015

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Daimler Trucks North America has named Kelley Platt as chief diversity officer and Western Star Trucks president, and appointed her to the DTNA Operating Committee. The primary purpose of the former position is to ensure alignment of diversity and inclusion strategies with organizational goals. DTNA reports that employees come from all walks of life, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to their roles; diversity and inclusion have flourished in 2015 through the advocacy and support of Employee Resource Groups, which now include 1,000-plus individuals. The Western Star role has been expanded to include executive oversight of the company’s Portland, Ore., manufacturing plant.

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