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Hino, Kenworth models win Commercial Truck of the Year honors

Feb. 12, 2013

Kenworth and Hino models were named as the top trucks in their respective categories by the American Truck Dealers (ATD).

The Kenworth T680 76-in. sleeper with Paccar MX engine was selected for the heavy-duty (Class 8) category. The Hino 195h was selected in the medium-duty (Class 3-7) category.

The judging panel was impressed with the Kenworth model’s comfort and driveability, including its pulling power from the engine, easy shifting of its 10-spd. manual transmission and well set-up gauges and controls, the organization said.

“I think the reason we produced this award winning truck is due to the efforts of the last four years during which we found customers were looking for significant fuel savings, high visibility, high tech equipment and enjoyment,” Gary Moore, general manager of Kenworth and Paccar vice president. “Our customers are looking for a complete home, office and work package.”

The judges noted the Hino’s comfort, great visibility, maneuverability, high-tech equipment and smooth, fuel-saving operation as its top attributes.

“On behalf of the entire team, we want to thank ATD for this award,” said Robert McDowell, Hino senior vice president, sales and customer support. “We are extremely proud Hino won the ATD medium-duty truck award for the third time in its four years of existence.”
The trucks were selected from a field of five medium-duty trucks and four heavy-duty trucks. A five-member panel of journalists evaluated the trucks at ADESA Las Vegas last October. The judging categories included innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.

Other trucks nominated for the medium-duty truck award were the Ford F-650, Isuzu Reach Commercial Van and the Peterbilt Model 337 Extended Day Cab. Heavy-duty truck nominees included Cascadia Evolution equipped with Detroit D12 transmission, Peterbilt Model 579 and Western Star 4700SF.

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