Kenworth Truck Co. introduced a range of products at the Mid America Trucking Show, including a new extended day cab for regional and vocational trucks, a lighter truck suspension, and an improved sleeper fairing for better fuel economy.
The extended configuration adds 6 in. of space to the tractor cab and moves the driver's seat back 2 in. for greater comfort. It will be available both as a production offering and as an aftermarket conversion in the fourth quarter of this year. Starting in the third quarter of 2002, Kenworth plans to offer Bendix's Xvision infrared night vision system as a production option, with a base price of under $4,000.
The company's lighter suspension, the AG380, is available for all of Kenworth's Class 8 on-highway trucks up to 80,000-lb. GVW starting in June of this year. The AG380 weighs about 650 lb. fully installed, about 200 to 400 lb. less than the trailing arm suspensions typically used on other Class 8 trucks, according to Kenworth.
Kenworth says that the optional roof fairing designed for its T2000 tractor that improves fuel economy by as much as 1.5%, mainly by reducing drag 3%. For its W900L trucks,
A new front hood has been designed so that it is 84 lb. lighter than its current model, without any additional cost. The new W900L hood is available as both a production line option or as a retrofit for older models.
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