ATD announces Truck of the Year nominees

Seven trucks have been named nominees for the American Truck Dealers (ATD) 2014 Commercial Truck of the Year award. The award recognizes the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories, the organization said.

The Class 8 heavy-duty nominees are the International ProStar with Cummins ISX15, Kenworth T880 vocational truck with Paccar MX-13 engine and Peterbilt Model 579. The Class 3-7 medium-duty  nominees are the Hino 195h-DC, International TerraStar 4x4, Kenworth Class 6 K370 cabover and Peterbilt Model 220.

The award recognizes a winner in each category. The winners will be announced Sunday, Jan. 26, during the 2014 ATD Convention & Expo, which runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Assn. (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans from Jan. 24-27.

The winners will be determined by a panel of journalists, who test drove and evaluated the trucks at the Manheim’s auction site in Orlando, FL,, on Oct. 18. The judging categories include innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.

For truck photos and descriptions, click here.

Keynote speakers at the 51st annual ATD convention include Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army Ret.), who led the Defense Department’s response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; Philip Byrd, chairman of the American Trucking Associations; and ATD Chairman Dick Witcher, chief executive officer of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass.

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