Peterbilt Motors Company has delivered the first production New Model 579 to Smith Transport. The Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania-based fleet became an early adopter of the UltraLoft when it first launched in 2018 and has incorporated Peterbilt trucks into its fleet.
An employee-owned company, drivers at Smith Transport have a voice in what equipment they choose to drive and with the introduction of the New Model 579 and its many enhancements, Smith drivers are looking forward to having them added to the fleet.
“We are excited to receive Peterbilt’s first production New Model 579 with world-class comfort and overall performance and safety. For more than 80 years, the iconic Peterbilt brand has been leading the way in the transportation industry and we are proud to have them as our partner,” Todd Smith, CEO of Smith Transport, said. “Smith Transport’s first truck over 40 years ago was a Peterbilt, and for a majority of those years, Hunter Peterbilt has been a dedicated partner of Smith Transport allowing us to provide our professional drivers with the best driving experience. The culture at Smith Transport is People Make a Difference and with Peterbilt’s first-class line of trucks, together we make a difference in Service, Safety, and our People.”
The Model 567 is available with the latest advanced driver assistance systems fully integrated into the 15-in. digital display, including lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with auto-resume, speed sign recognition, side objection detection, safety direct integration, multi-lane emergency braking, and highway departure detection.
By optimizing the space available, the UltraLoft sleeper includes 8 ft. of headroom and 70 cu. ft. of overall storage, giving drivers larger upper and lower bunk mattresses and headroom in both bunks with creature comforts of home with space to accommodate the sleeper’s microwave and room to fit a 32-in. flat-screen TV.
“The superior features and quality of the New Model 579 combined with the UltraLoft sleeper have made it a truck that drivers aspire to drive, and with Peterbilt’s legendary durability, the truck companies want to have in their fleets,” Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager, and PACCAR vice president said. “We are excited to hand the first set of keys to Smith Transport. We can’t wait to see this new product start hitting the road now that they are in full production and rolling off the assembly line.”