Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keenan Advantage Group gets 100,000th PACCAR MX-13


Monday, August 24, 2015
Representatives from AMG Peterbilt of Columbus, Kenan Advantage Group, Paccar Engines and Peterbilt Motors Co. celebrated the production of the 100,000th Paccar MX-13 engine at the manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi recently. (Courtesy PETERBILT)
Representatives from AMG Peterbilt of Columbus, Kenan Advantage Group, Paccar Engines and Peterbilt Motors Co. celebrated the production of the 100,000th Paccar MX-13 engine at the manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi recently. (Courtesy PETERBILT)

COLUMBUS, Miss. — The 100,000th Paccar MX-13 engine produced for North America was recently presented to Kenan Advantage Group (KAG), which will operate the landmark engine in a Peterbilt Model 579, Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced.

“Paccar’s MX-13 engine continues to achieve new levels of success through exceptional fuel economy, reliability and performance. It is the ideal engine for Peterbilt’s aerodynamic Model 579 which is a leader in fuel efficiency, quality and overall value,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. “Peterbilt is very pleased that such a respected customer as Kenan Advantage Group will be operating this milestone engine. They were one of the first fleets to order an MX-13 in 2010 and have been a satisfied and loyal customer ever since.”

The engine was presented to KAG President Bruce Blaise and Vice President-Fleet Services Bruce Stockton during an event at the Paccar engine plant in Columbus where the MX-13 is manufactured for North American markets. They were joined by Dean Martin, president of sales for AMG Peterbilt of Columbus.

“We are pleased to celebrate this major event with Peterbilt and to be presented with the 100,000th Paccar MX-13 to go into operation in North America,” Blaise said. “The Peterbilt Model 579s with MX-13 engines in our fleet have been reliable, fuel efficient performers.”

The Paccar MX-13 incorporates industry-leading design features and manufacturing technologies developed by Paccar through more than 50 years of engine engineering and production experience, Siver said.

Paccar MX engines have been powering DAF (a Paccar company) trucks throughout the world and over 400,000 engines are in operation today. The engine accumulated more than 50 million test miles through rigorous and severe conditions before it was introduced in North America.

Siver said the engine is popular across Peterbilt’s broad range of customer applications and can be spec’d with up to 500 horsepower and 1,850 ft.-lb. of torque. This power range, combined with excellent fuel efficiency, high reliability, durability, lightweight design and low cost of ownership makes it an ideal choice for both over-the-road and vocational applications.

The 450,000 square-foot PACCAR engine facility, which opened in 2010, now has more than 500 employees and earned consecutive Manufacturing Leadership awards from Frost & Sullivan in the past two years.

“Paccar’s investment in its North American engine facility has ensured it is the most modern, technologically advanced and highest quality engine manufacturing plant in the world,” Siver said. “A highly skilled and well trained workforce, complemented by cutting-edge robotics and automation, ensure Paccar engines are of the highest reliability, durability and quality.

Peterbilt Motors Co. is located in Denton, Texas.

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

Find more news and analysis from The Trucker, and share your thoughts, on Facebook.

Video Sponsors