Kenworth introduces new T660 model at MATS

| 3/22/2006

Kenworth Truck Co. introduced its new Kenworth T660 aerodynamic model at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

"We're excited to introduce the new Kenworth T660 with modern styling, superior forward-lighting technology, enhanced aerodynamics and fuel economy, advanced technology, and increased driver comfort," said Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. "The new Kenworth T660 is the latest evolution of our quality, aerodynamic product line and reinforces Kenworth's leadership in fuel economy performance."

The Kenworth T660 will be available for customer delivery with the new 2007 engines. On the highway, improved aerodynamics help deliver better fuel efficiency.

Kenworth's advanced forward-lighting system and grille are some of the visual features of the new T660.

The T660's new halogen projector low beams provide 40 percent more light down the road than a sealed beam lamp and last three times longer. An optional High Intensity Discharge configuration provides 75 percent more light and lasts 11 times longer than sealed beam lamps.

"You won't find a better forward-lighting headlamp system," said Mike Dozier, Kenworth chief engineer.

The Kenworth grille is 5 percent larger to accommodate increased air flow and cooling performance.

"Yet, Kenworth was able to actually achieve a positive increase in aerodynamics and fuel economy," Dozier said. "We used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis extensively to fine tune the aerodynamic performance of the whole vehicle."

The result?

"The new Kenworth T660 is poised to take over the reins of Kenworth's aerodynamic leadership pioneered by the Kenworth T600," Dozier said.

Inside, Kenworth's T660 includes an enhanced multiplexed electrical instrumentation system, GPS navigation system standard with the Kenworth Diamond cab interior and optional on the Splendor cab interior, and new driver's display with real-time fuel economy, ignition timer, onboard diagnostics, gear display, vehicle system configuration reporting and even an electronic alarm clock.

For additional comfort, Kenworth will introduce a new seating innovation.

"Our proprietary seats will feature armrests that can be folded away behind the seat. This provides the vehicle's occupants with an additional four inches of sleeper access between driver and passenger seats," Dozier said.

Kenworth also introduced new durable, high-quality material for its proprietary seats, which incorporate new styling, colors, textures and patterns.

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