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Kenworth T680 named top Class 8 truck by ATD

Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales, talks about the features of the Kenworth T680 at the Mid-America Trucking Show last March. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

2/11/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. — The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Sunday announced the winners of the 2013 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, an award recognizing the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories.

The Kenworth T680 76-inch Sleeper with PACCAR MX Engine was selected for the heavy-duty (Class 8) category.

The announcement came during the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and ATD under way here.

Tom Berg, chief judge, said the truck impressed the judging panel with its comfort and drivability, including its pulling power from the engine, easy shifting of its 10-speed manual transmission and well set-up gauges and controls.

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“I think the reason we produced this award winning truck is because of  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.”

Moore also said that leaders at his company look forward to introducing more fuel-efficient trucks in answer to customer needs.

Hino 195h was selected for the medium-duty (Class 3-7) category after impressing the judges with its comfort, great visibility, maneuverability, high-tech equipment and smooth, fuel-saving operation.

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.

“Every year the challenge is greater and greater,” said judge Paul Hartley, writer and owner of AddMedia. “The manufacturers bring the best in the game.”

Other heavy-duty truck nominees included Cascadia Evolution equipped with Detroit D12 transmission, Peterbilt Model 579 and Western Star 4700SF.

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