Peterbilt offers ‘panic button’ as option in Models 567 and 579

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DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt Motors Co. is offering two new options for Models 567 and 579 trucks: the alert switch and the pass-through seat.

These features were designed with input from influential driver groups such as Women In Trucking.

At the same time, Peterbilt revealed that the Paccar MX-11 engine is now available with the PACCAR Transmission.

Located in the sleeper control panel, the alert switch is an alarm that behaves like a panic button on a car, flashing external lights and sounding alarms when activated. This feature ensures that drivers parked at truck stops or other locations are able to alert others in case of an emergency.

“The alert switch is an example of Peterbilt’s commitment to driver comfort and safety,” said Wesley Slavin, On-Highway Marketing Manager for Peterbilt Motors Company. “This convenient alarm system provides drivers an extra layer of personal security.”

The pass-through seat was also introduced in response to customer input and is designed to help drivers when they are packing their vehicles. Located under the passenger seat, this convenient storage cabinet is accessible from both the inside and outside of the cab. The pass-through seat allows drivers to load the cabinet before climbing into the cab, and unload it once they are inside the truck, easing the physical strain when packing the vehicle.

“The pass-through seat is a great convenience feature,” Slavin said. “Drivers can easily access their items from both inside and outside of the truck.”

Both options are available for order this summer.

The Paccar 12-speed automated transmission is the lightest heavy duty automated transmission on the market, designed to work seamlessly with Paccar engines and axles to increase fuel economy and truck performance.

The MX-11 offers exceptional fuel efficiency to increase profitability and uptime while offering a high power to weight ratio. The Paccar 12-speed automated transmission features low cost of operation with 750,000 mile oil change intervals.

“When combined with the MX-11 engine, the Paccar automated transmission offers superior drivability, with industry-leading maneuverability at low speeds,” said Wesley Slavin, on-highway marketing manager. “The transmission is the best in class for both drivability and weight, making it the best choice for heavy duty fleets and vocational trucks like the Model 567 and 520.”

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