Kenworth Offers Extended Protection Plans For New 2013 PACCAR MX-13 Engine

KIRKLAND, Wash., Dec. 6, 2012 – Kenworth Truck Company is offering Extended Protection Plans for the new 2013 PACCAR MX-13 engine.

PACCAR MX-13

The 12.9-liter PACCAR MX-13 engine is designed to meet the demands of heavy duty truck applications and to deliver industry-leading performance, reliability and fuel efficiency. The engine is available for Kenworth Class 8 models, including the Kenworth T660, T680, T700, T800 and W900.

The PACCAR MX-13 engine has a standard base warranty of 2 years or 250,000 miles, whichever comes first. To meet the needs of customers, Kenworth offers a wide range of protection plan options encompassing three engine coverage categories (Comprehensive, Modified, and Major Component) in addition to Extended Engine Aftertreatment options. Overall, available extended warranty coverage options range from 3 to 7 years and from 100,000 to 700,000 miles.

“The PACCAR MX-13 Extended Protection Plans helps provide excellent value and peace of mind with different options to best fit customer needs,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth director of marketing and research planning.

Truck purchasers have three opportunities to add extended warranty engine coverage: When ordering a new Kenworth truck with the PACCAR MX-13 engine, when registering it for warranty, and up to 18 months after the Kenworth truck is warranty-registered (mileage and engine hour limitations apply). No registration fee is required for extended engine protection added to any new Kenworth vehicle up to 12 months after purchase.  A $400 registration fee is required for each extended warranty order placed from 13 months through 18 months after truck purchase.

The PACCAR MX-13 utilizes the latest common rail fuel-delivery technology, which enables injection pressures of up to 2,500 bar, significantly enhancing fuel efficiency and performance. The common rail fuel system uses controls to regulate the fuel in a central manifold, only compressing the amount of fuel mixture needed. The result is finer fuel atomization to optimized combustion, ensuring the lowest possible fuel consumption, emission and noise levels.

The new PACCAR MX-13 engine offers a wide range of horsepower and torque ratings to meet customer power requirements. Kenworth customers can now specify the PACCAR MX-13 on new Kenworth truck orders placed through Kenworth dealers in the United States and Canada for delivery in 2013.

For more information, contact your Kenworth dealer or www.kenworth.com.

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Kenworth Offers Extended Protection Plans for 2013 PACCAR PX-7 and PX-9 Engines

KIRKLAND, Wash., Dec. 7, 2012 – Kenworth now offers Extended Protection Plans for the new 2013 PACCAR PX-7 and PX-9 engines.

The 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 delivers superior performance, minimizes operational costs and maximizes uptime for medium duty customers. The engine has a standard base warranty of 2 years with no mileage limit.

PACCAR PX-7

PACCAR PX-7

The 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 possesses one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in its class with heavy duty features such as replaceable wet liners, roller cam followers, bypass oil filtration and targeted piston-cooling. The engine has a standard base warranty of 2 years or 250,000 miles, whichever comes first.

PACCAR PX-9

PACCAR PX-9

Kenworth offers two extended warranty protection plans with each offering a total of 20 different duration and mileage combinations. In addition, there are 9 engine aftertreament options available in conjunction with Protection Plan 1 only. Overall, extended warranty coverages range from 3 to 7 years and from 100,000 to 300,000 miles.

“The PACCAR PX-7 and PX-9 Extended Protection Plans provide customers with additional security once the base engine warranty expires,” said Doug Powell, Kenworth medium duty marketing manager.  “Kenworth offers numerous options, which enables truck fleets and operators to easily select an extended warranty plan that meets their specific applications and needs.”

The PACCAR PX-7 engine is available for Kenworth’s medium duty conventional and cabover line-up. The engine offers ratings of 200 to 325-hp and up to 750 lb-ft of torque for the Kenworth T170, T270 and T370.  For the Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers, PACCAR PX-7 ratings are 220-hp /520 lb-ft, 240-hp/560 lb-ft and 250-hp/660 lb-ft.

The PACCAR PX-9 engine is available for Kenworth medium and heavy duty trucks, including the Kenworth T270, T370, T440, T470 and W900S. The PACCAR PX-9 offers ratings from 260 to 380 hp and provides up to 1,250 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers the durability and efficiency necessary to help lower operating expenses, reduce maintenance and increase productivity.

For more information, contact your Kenworth dealer or www.kenworth.com.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the only truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. In addition, the fuel-efficient Kenworth T700 equipped with the low-emission PACCAR MX engine was named the 2011 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers. Kenworth also received the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Heavy Duty Truck Dealer Service, Two Years in a Row”, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011-2012 Heavy Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction StudiesSM. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

Kenworth Now Offers Michelin X Line Energy D Tire

EPA SmartWay Verified Tire Provides Fuel Efficiency and Long Tread Life

KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 29, 2012 – Kenworth now offers the new Michelin X® Line™ Energy D drive tire for Kenworth heavy and medium duty trucks involved in line haul applications.

Michelin X Line Energy D

Michelin X Line Energy D

Designed for outstanding traction and wear, the new Michelin X Line Energy D tire breaks the paradigm of a traditional fuel-efficient drive tire in line haul by featuring an aggressive tread pattern that delivers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® verified fuel efficiency together with long tread life, according to Michelin.

“Kenworth provides the latest fuel-efficient tires to help enhance customers’ fuel economy. Fleets and truck operators may especially benefit when these Michelin tires are paired with the EPA SmartWay designated, aerodynamic Kenworth T660, T680 and T700,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth director of marketing planning and research.

The Michelin X Line Energy D tire is also available for the Kenworth C500, T270, T370, T440, T470, T800 and W900.

The Michelin X Line Energy D tire delivers fuel economy with wear resistance by utilizing Michelin’s Dual Energy Compound Tread. The top layer of tread rubber is precisely balanced to deliver fuel efficiency while exhibiting the needed wear properties to resist tread scrub. The bottom layer of tread rubber maintains cool casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life.

Kenworth is offering the tire’s 22.5-inch version for build in January with the 24.5-inch version expected to become available later in the first quarter of 2013.

This past summer, Kenworth began offering the Michelin X® Multi™ Energy D drive tire, which is designed for optimized traction and tread life in regional and super-regional applications. The EPA SmartWay designated drive tire is available for the T440, T470, T660, T680, T700, T800 and W900.

Michelin X Multi Energy D

Michelin X Multi Energy D

For more information, contact your Kenworth dealer or visit www.michelintruck.com.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the only truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. In addition, the fuel-efficient Kenworth T700 equipped with the low-emission PACCAR MX engine was named the 2011 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers. Kenworth also received the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Heavy Duty Truck Dealer Service, Two Years in a Row”, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011-2012 Heavy Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction StudiesSM. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics Captures Customer Value Enhancement Award

by Brandon Borgna

Volvo Trucks’ Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service received the 2012 North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in Commercial Vehicle Repair and Maintenance today from global growth company Frost & Sullivan.

 

“We’re proud to recognize Volvo Trucks as a leader in customer value enhancement,” said Kumar Saha, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “Their comprehensive fleet diagnostic and maintenance solution takes the uncertainty out of remote diagnostics, thus ensuring that their customers have the correct solution to increase uptime. By effectively conjoining cutting-edge telematics technology and maintenance infrastructure, Volvo Trucks enables fleets to reduce their downtime, enhance their operational efficiencies and maximize their business potential.”

“Receiving this award is quite an honor and a testament to our focus on the entire Volvo ownership experience,” said David Pardue, Volvo Trucks vice president, aftermarket solutions. “Of course, our customers provide the ultimate validation, and we continue to receive excellent feedback about the functionality and value of our Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service.”

Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics, a standard feature on every Volvo-powered VN model highway truck, helps maximize vehicle uptime through proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance with detailed analysis of critical diagnostic trouble codes. It’s the first service being offered under the new Connected Vehicle Services category of the Volvo Trucks Support Services bundled aftermarket offering.

Click here to view a brief video about Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics.

The remote communication platform facilitates live dealer and customer communication through Volvo Action Service, Volvo’s 24/7 support team. Proactive diagnostics streamline service procedures with confirmation of parts on-hand before a truck arrives at a service location, increasing uptime.

Remote Diagnostics also provides service case communication and documentation among Volvo Action Service, dealers and customers through ASIST, Volvo’s innovative Web-based service management tool, which comes free of charge for two years with the purchase of all new Volvo trucks.

Volvo Trucks delivered the first Remote Diagnostics-equipped trucks in September to Purolator Inc., Canada’s leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider. The Volvo VNL 300 daycabs featured Volvo D13 engines and I-Shift automated manual transmissions.

Click here to hear what carriers are saying about Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics.

Prior to launching the connected vehicle service, Volvo field-tested Remote Diagnostics with motor carriers in the U.S. and Canada, drawing on the feedback from 15 unique customers operating more than 1,300 Volvo VNs with the service.

Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics was also awarded the 2012 Volvo Group Internal Quality Award for improving the quality of vehicle ownership through active use of connected vehicle data. The annual award spotlights Volvo Group’s focus on quality as a core value.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VN, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 20 countries and sells their products in more than 190 markets. In 2011, annual sales of the Volvo Group amounted to nearly $47.8 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com or www.volvogroup.mobi if you are using your mobile phone.

November 8, 2012

For further information, please contact Brandon Borgna, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email brandon.borgna@volvo.com.

www.volvotrucks.us.com

 

Brandon Borgna
Manager, Media Relations
+1 336 3932143
e-mail: brandon.borgna@volvo.com

Via TruckingInfo – Review of Kenworth’s K270 Cabover

9/24/2012
Test Drive: Kenworth K270
By Tom Berg, Senior EditorKenworth K270

If the Kenworth K270 had been introduced in time to be judged for the medium-duty Commercial Truck of the Year award, it might have given the Model 210 from KW’s sister company, Peterbilt, a run for the title.

The low-cabover Model 210 won this year’s contest, sponsored by the American Truck Dealers division of the National Automobile Dealers Association. If Kenworth had entered the K270, a virtual clone of the Model 210, I’ve wondered how the judges could have picked one over the other.

Like the Pete 210, the Class 6 K270 is quick and nimble, is easy to get in and out of, and has an attractively appointed interior that makes a driver comfortable and productive. I drove this one on a pleasant spring day in and around Chillicothe, Ohio, the site of Kenworth’s Midwest heavy-duty truck plant. That’s not where it was built, but it was where this truck and a pair of T-series mediums were temporarily residing.

Parent company Paccar assembles these low cabovers at its Kenmex plant in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, from components that originate in Europe and the United States. Each one gets a Kenworth or Peterbilt badge and is shipped off to a KW or Pete dealer. They’re all but identical – unlike other Kenworth and Peterbilt medium- and heavy-duty truck products, which have significant differences.

What set the Peterbilt 210 cabover apart from Japanese imports entered in the Truck of the Year competition, in the collective opinion of the judges (of which I was one), was its handsome, comfortable interior and the power from its six-cylinder diesel. The competitors were as technically advanced and capable, but most had less gutsy four-cylinder engines and plainer interior trim, and were a little harder to climb into and out of. So, I was prepared to be impressed with this K270, and I was.

On the road

A Kenworth engineer, Ben Eiler, met me at the plant and rode along as a local guide. He directed me down the U.S. 23 freeway, the main north-south highway in these parts, then into the city proper, then out and back on state and county highways, where the K270’s ride was almost glassy and wind noise inside the cab was minimal.

We cut through parking lots and made several U-turns to get a feel for the truck’s maneuverability, which was terrific. We smoothly cruised on the kind of residential and commercial streets this truck might see in pickup and delivery service.

Many drivers believe sitting above the axle in a COE makes for a rough ride. That’s not true of modern cabovers, which have long taperleaf springs that absorb a lot of shock. The ride with this truck was very good, except when the rear end bounced over sharp speed bumps in a parking lot.

Standard (and only) power for this Class 6 model is the Paccar PX-6 diesel (a private-branded Cummins ISB6.7), and the only transmission is an Allison 2100HS (highway series) 5-speed automatic. This engine was rated at 250 horsepower and 660 pounds-feet. With about 4,000 pounds of ballast in the van body, that was more than enough to propel us around town or out on the road.

The transmission shifted smoothly and appropriately, so I left its stick-type selector alone. The selector was sticky; it was not clear from its detents or its label where it was gear-wise. However, one notch down from Neutral was Drive, and that was all I needed. The selector was a glitch in what otherwise seemed a very well-built vehicle.

This truck had air brakes – unusual for a Class 6 model – and they were sure and strong. The parking brake actuator was a stubby joystick-like lever with a finger collar that you pull up, then move forward to release or backward to apply. This is so much easier to use than the North American yellow push-pull valve. I wish this Euro style were installed on all air-braked trucks built here.

In the cab

It’s easy to get in and out of the cab. The first step is wide and fairly close to the ground and is vertically in line with the floor ahead of the seat. It’s almost a ladder-like climb to the interior, but not a high one, because the cab does not sit high. The term low-cab-forward really fits here.

The cab, by the way, was built by Renault in France and sent to Paccar’s Leyland division in Great Britain, where it was painted and trimmed, then shipped to Mexicali for installation on a North American chassis. It was solid and tight.

Outward visibility was excellent, as there’s no nose to peer over, and large windows and large, remotely adjustable mirrors help with views to the sides and rear. The mirrors had big aero housings for the glass panes, and each fixture was supported by a long, single arm that seemed to stick out farther than it did. I prefer the old multi-bracketed West Coast mirrors even if they’re not as aerodynamic, and they are available on these trucks as an option.

With an air system for the brakes, the seat can be an air-ride, and was: an Isringhausen with many adjustment possibilities. I moved it back a couple of inches, but otherwise left it alone because it was already just right for me. I also lowered the steering column to get the wheel a little farther down. Gauges were attractive and easy to read, and many switches were amply proportioned rotaries that were clearly labeled and simple to use.

The tachometer’s needle was lively, as the PX-6 runs at high speeds common to this size of truck. It cruised at about 1,900 rpm at 60 mph, and revved willingly to 2,500 rpm and more while accelerating. Yet the cab’s interior was quiet so Eiler and I could converse easily.

One cause for head-scratching was how to tilt the cab. After a few minutes, we figured out that a two-way valve needs to be flipped forward, then the pump handle exercised, and up it went. Now we had a complete view of the engine and its accessories. Flicking the valve rearward, then pumping again, brought the cab downward until it clicked into place. Easy.

Perched on the frame was a Paccar Aero Experimental van body. A curve in the forward section of it roof matches the aerodynamic fairing attached to the cab’s top. This arrangement saves 8% in fuel at highway speeds, Kenworth says. The body was built by Leyland and is available on trucks made by DAF, another Paccar division in Holland – but not yet in North America, where it’s considered a concept.

We returned to the plant grounds. While making a sharp right turn and an easy left, then backing it along a curb to its temporary parking place, I was again impressed with the truck’s great maneuverability.

I reflected on why the majority of Americans continue to favor the conventional cab-and-hood style: slightly lower prices and perceived greater safety with the engine and steer axle ahead of the cab to absorb a frontal impact. But for urban and suburban duties, I still prefer cabovers. You might too, if you drove this winner – even if it didn’t win that contest.