New Petes aplenty

New Petes aplenty

LOUISVILLE, KY. Declaring it the upshot of the largest product development investment in its history, Peterbilt Motors Co. yesterday rolled out an all-new vehicle lineup here at the Mid-America Trucking Show

LOUISVILLE, KY. Declaring it the upshot of the largest product development investment in its history, Peterbilt Motors Co. yesterday rolled out an all-new vehicle lineup here at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The new trucks are aimed at buyers of aerodynamic, traditional, vocational and medium-duty trucks.

“Our new lineup of premium trucks represents the best new products Peterbilt has ever offered, setting new standards for quality, innovation, technology, versatility and styling,” said Dan Sobic, Peterbilt gm & Paccar vp. “It is the result of a record level of investment and provides our customers with unparalleled product breadth to serve their full range of business requirements.”

And here are the new Petes:

  • The aerodynamically styled Model 384 and Model 387 day cab, which join the Model 387 and Model 386 to complete the OEM’s “aero” lineup.
  • The traditionally styled Model 389 and Model 388.
  • The Model 367 and Model 365 for vocational applications.
  • The Model 340 and Model 330, which join the Model 335 to complete the OEM’s medium-duty range.

    The new Class 8s will be available in early 2007 and the new medium-duties will come to market this summer.

    According to Landon Sproull, Peterbilt chief engineer, the Model 387 day cab is “ideal for tanker and regional-haul applications where aerodynamic performance and a spacious, comfortable operator environment are preferred.” It will come in both a medium-length and a long-length BBC, and boasts optimized front-axle placement for exceptional maneuverability and weight distribution. Its sloped hood, large windshield and 1,200-sq.-in. rear window enhance visibility.

    Sproull said the Model 384 can be configured as a day cab or with the full range of detachable Peterbilt Unibilt sleepers, like the Model 386. A mid-length truck, the Model 384 has a 116-inch BBC and set-back front axle for exceptional maneuverability in vocational and urban operation and is lightweight for increased payloads in weight-sensitive applications, he noted.

    Peterbilt’s new traditional truck models – the Model 389 and Model 388 – feature improved aerodynamic performance, styling, durability, serviceability and forward lighting. They boast all-new, durable aluminum hoods, a new one-piece aluminum surround with a punched-oval pattern grille and polished aluminum grille bars, polished-aluminum fender reinforcements, innovative headlamps, aero-style mirrors and a new aerodynamic hood ornament.

    The new Model 367 and Model 365 for vocational applications feature hoods made from a durable composite material, and a new one-piece aluminum crown and stainless steel grille provide impact-resistant performance and distinctive styling. The hoods also have a proprietary anti-blow-down locking mechanism that keeps them in an open position to prevent unintentional closing and open a full 90 degrees to facilitate engine service access.

    The new lightweight Model 330 is a Class 6 configuration that is available with GVW ratings up to 26,000 lb. It can be equipped with hydraulic brakes and low-profile tires to allow for operation by a non-CDL driver. “For customers that can utilize Class 6 vehicles in their operations, the Model 330 will help open up a wider pool of potential operators,” Sproull said. On the other end of the medium-duty scale, the new Model 340 is available in 33,000 lb. and up GVW ratings and is aimed at vocational, municipal and specialty applications.

    According to Sobic, the Class 7 Model 335 will remain the “best model for the majority of Class 7 applications, such as van body and beverage distribution.” He noted that Peterbilt will also be dropping the Model 378 and the 112-in.-BBC Model 385, and that the Model 379 is being replaced by the Model 389 and 388.

    For more information, go to www.peterbilt.com.

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