2008 Truck Model Preview

November 1, 2007
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2008 Truck Model Preview

By David Kolman

Wholesalers have a variety of new 2008 truck models and options to choose from. Custom made for better performance, fuel economy and new, more stringent EPA standards, the new models are featured in Beverage Industry’s showcase that follows.
DODGE
New to Dodge’s 2008 commercial truck lineup is its Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs. This expands its offerings into the Class 4 and 5 vehicle markets. Its Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab was introduced last year.
Both the Ram 4500 and 5500 come standard with a Cummins 6.7-liter, 305-horsepower (hp), up to 610 pound-feet torque, turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The standard powertrain for the Ram 3500 is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gasoline engine and a manual six-speed transmission. The Cummins 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission are optional.
All three of the models feature “best-in-class standard fuel tank capacity of 52 gallons” and are available in dual-rear-wheel models with several cab-to-axle lengths. All chassis components are located below the flat frame rails easier upfitting.
The Dodge Sprinter cargo vans and chassis cabs come standard with a 3-liter V-6 common-rail direct injection diesel engine. They have an interior height of up to 84.3 inches, and a low-load height. The cargo van’s rear doors open 270 degrees for easy loading and unloading.
Web site: www.dodge.com
FORD COMMERCIAL TRUCKS
Ford Motor Co. offers everything from E-Series cargo vans and wagons to Super Duty F-Series trucks and chassis cabs.
The new 2008 E-Series commercial van got a major makeover, with a number of chassis enhancements, including a series of upgrades to the braking, suspension and steering systems that have improved ride and handling, braking performance and load-carrying capability.
These improvements also have resulted in an increase in the maximum gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) from 14,050 to 14,500 pounds.
The 2008 E-350 comes with two new options: a 12,500-pound gvwr, and an additional E-350 SRW Cutaway model with an optional mid-ship fuel tank to allow for more usable rear gross vehicle weight rating.
Transmission choices for the E-Series include a four-speed automatic mated to the 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter engines in vans and wagons. On cutaways, the 5.4-liter and 6.8-liter engines come with a five-speed TorqShift automatic.
Ford’s F-350, F-450 and F-500 Super Duties also have been upgraded for 2008 with new features and components. All are powered by a 350-hp, 650 pound-feet torque, 6.4-liter Power Stroke, V-8 turbocharged diesel engine.
Available as an option are two gasoline-powered engines: a 300-hp, 365 pound-feet torque, 5.4-liter V-8; and a 362-hp, 467 pound-feet torque, 6.8-liter V-8.
The F-650, with its bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) dimension of 113 inches is available in gross vehicle weight ratings ranging from 20,160 to 29,000 pounds. Engine choices are the Caterpillar C7 diesel in 190- to 300-hp ratings and 200- to 325-hp Cummins ISB diesels.
Available transmissions are Allison five- and six-speed automatics; Eaton Fuller five- and six-speed manuals and Spicer seven-speed manuals.
With the same 113-inch BBC, the F-750 is a “beefier” truck with a 25,999- to 33,000-pound gvwr. It has the same transmission choices as the F-650 and the same Cummins ISB engine models.
The Caterpillar C7 diesel selections start with 210 hp and go up to 300. Both models feature clean cab-to-axle dimensions for easy, more cost efficient body and equipment mounting.
Ford’s LCF (low cab forward) model is especially well-suited to urban areas because of its tight turning radius. Its tilt-cab design allows ease of powertrain servicing. It has a 73-inch BBC and comes in four gross vehicle weight ratings from 15,000 to 19,500 pounds.
The LCF comes standard with a Power Stroke 4.5-liter V-6 200-hp 440 pound-feet torque turbocharged diesel engine coupled to a TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission. This is the only available powertrain.
Web site: www.fleet.ford.com
FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS
Freightliner Trucks’ 2008 model Business Class M2 line of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles have been designed to maximize productivity and operational efficiency.
The M2 106 model, with a 106-inch BBC, comes as a single or tandem rear axle truck or tractor with gross vehicle weight ratings from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds. A Mercedes-Benz MBE 900 diesel engine in horsepower ratings from 170 to 350 is the standard. The Cummins ISB diesel, in ratings from 200 to 300 hp, and Cummins ISC diesels from 240 to 330 hp are optional.
Transmission choices are Mercedes-Benz manual and automatic transmissions, Eaton Fuller five-, six-, nine-, 10- and 13-speed manuals and Allison automatics.
The M2 112 is a tandem rear axle model, also available as a truck or a tractor, with an 18,000- to 66,000-pound gvwr. Its bumper-to-back-of-cab is 116 inches.
Standard power is a Mercedes-Benz MBE 4000 diesel, available in 350 to 450 hp. A Caterpillar C13 diesel in 305- to 470-hp ratings is optional. The choice of transmissions includes Eaton Fuller 10- and 11-speed manuals and a range of Allison automatics.
Body installations on the M2 models are simplified by clear frame rails in the back of the cab and multiple exhaust options.
Freightliner also offers a wide variety of tractor models available in both day cab and sleeper versions. The Cascadia is a 125-inch BBC aerodynamic conventional. Its gross combination weight rating (gcwr) is up to 92,000 pounds.
Diesel engines choices are Detroit Diesel Series 60, Mercedes-Benz 4000 and Caterpillar C15 in horsepower ratings from 370 to 550. Transmissions include Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals and Eaton Fuller UltraShifts and AutoShifts.
The 132-inch BBC conventional Coronado has a gross combination weight rating up to 140,000 pounds. Powertrain selections are Detroit Diesel Series 60 and Caterpillar C15 diesels from 435 to 550 hp and the same transmission options as the Cascadia.
The Century Class S/T, also an aerodynamic conventional with an up to 140,000-pound gcwr, has a 120-inch BBC. Choices of engines are Detroit Diesel Series 60, Mercedes-Benz 4000, Caterpillar C13 and Caterpillar C15 in ratings from 435 to 550 hp. Transmission selections are the same as on the Coronado and Cascadia.
Another conventional at the same gross combination weight rating is the Columbia, offered in two bumper-to-back-of-cabs: 112 and 120 inches. It has the same transmission and engine options as the Century Class S/T, but with horsepower ratings of 370 to 500.
The Classic and Classic XL are Freightliner’s traditional conventional models, also with up to 140,000-pound gcwr and two bumper-to-back-of-cabs: 120 and 132 inches. They can be powered by a 455-hp Detroit Diesel Series 60 diesel engine or a 370- to 450-hp Mercedes-Benz backed to Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals or Eaton Fuller UltraShifts and AutoShifts.
Web site: www.freightlinertrucks.com
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
General Motors offers a full product line through its Chevrolet and GMC models. The W Series is the low-cab-forward line, which has a 68-inch BBC. Its 2008 models begin with the 12,000-pound gvwr W3500, then comes the W4500 with its gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 pounds, the 17,950-pound gvwr W5500 and the W5500HD (heavy duty) with a 19,500 pound gvwr.
The W3500 and W4500 are available with either a Vortec V-8 300 hp gasoline engine or a 190-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel. Transmission choices for the W3500 are a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic or an MZZ six-speed. Aisin four-speed automatics are available for the W4500.
Both the W5500 and W5500HD come with a 190-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel and two transmission offerings: Aisin four-speed automatic or MZZ six-speed manual.
Chevrolet and GMC conventional models are the Kodiak and TopKicks, respectively. All models have a 105-inch BBC.
The line starts with the C4500, which has a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,500 to 17,500 pounds, followed by the 18,000- to 26,000-pound gvwr C5500. Both come with a 325-hp Vortec V-8 gasoline engine or a 300- to 330-hp Duramax 6600 turbocharged diesel.
The C4500 is available with either Allison automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Only Allison automatics can be had on the C5500.
Next in the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick Series is the C6500 with a gross vehicle weight rating of 22,000 to 26,000 pounds. Engine choices are 295-hp Vortec V-8 gas engine or a 200- to 260-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel. A Caterpillar C7 diesel in ratings from 207- to 250-hp is an option.
Available transmissions include Allison five- and six-speed automatics, Eaton Fuller five- and six-speed manuals and a TTC seven-speed manual.
The C7500 offers greater payload-carrying capability with its 37,600-pound gvwr. Like the C6500, it may be ordered with either the 295-hp Vortec V-8 gas engine or the 200- to 260-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel. Optional is a Caterpillar C7 diesel, with horsepower ratings from 207 to 300.
The C7500’s wide selection of available transmissions are Allison five- and six-speed automatics, Eaton Fuller five-, six-, nine- and 10-speed manuals and a TTC seven-speed manual.
The C8500, also available in a tandem version, has a gvwr of 33,000 to 42,000 pounds. Available engines are the 295-hp Vortec V-8 gas engine, a 215- to 300-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel and a 215- to 300-hp Caterpillar C7 diesel. For transmissions, Allison five- and six-speed automatics and Eaton Fuller five-, six-, nine- and 10-speed manuals are available.
General Motor’s line of diesel-powered cabover trucks is the T Series line of 89-inch BBC models.
Starting at 29,000-pounds gvwr is the T6500. It comes with an Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel in horsepower ratings of 200 to 230. This can be mated to Allison five- and six-speed automatic transmissions or Eaton Fuller six-speed manuals.
The T7500 is next with a gross vehicle weight rating from 25,950 to 33,000 pounds. It has the same engine and Allison automatics as the T6500, but a greater selection of Eaton Fuller manuals: six-, nine- and 10-speeds.
At the top of the T Series is the T8500, which also can be ordered in a tandem rear axle version. It has the same powertrain choices as the T7500.
Web site: www.gmc.com/mediumduty
HINO TRUCKS
Hino Trucks offers a range of Class 4 to Class 7 conventional model trucks, all with clean access from the back of cab to the end of the frame rails for simplified body and equipment installations.
The 2008 Hino 145, 165 and 185 all have a 98-inch BBC and are powered by a 175-hp Hino turbocharged/intercooled diesel. The 14,050-pound gvwr Hino 145 comes with an Aisin four-speed automatic transmission.
The same engine powers the Hino 165, gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 pounds, and the Hino 185 at 18,000 pounds gvwr. Transmission choices for the two trucks are an Eaton Fuller five-speed manual and an Allison five-speed automatic.
The next models in the lineup are all 108-inch BBC trucks with a powertrain consisting of a 220-hp Hino turbocharged/intercooled diesel and an Allison five-speed automatic transmission. They are the Hino 238, 23,000-pound gvwr; Hino 258ALP (Air Brake Low Profile), 25,500-pound gvwr (a new model); and Hino 258LP (Low Profile), also with a 25,500-pound gvwr.
The Hino 268 and Hino 268A (Air Brake) models are next, each with a 108-inch BBC and 25,950 pounds gvwr. They come with a 220-hp Hino turbocharged/intercooled diesel mated to either an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual transmission or an Allison five-speed automatic.
The beefiest models are the 108-inch BBC Hino 338 and Hino 338CT (City Tractor). Both have a 33,000-pound gvwr. The tractor’s gross combination weight rating is 48,000 pounds.
The engine for each model is a 260-hp Hino turbocharged/intercooled diesel also backed to an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual transmission or an Allison five-speed automatic.
Web site: www.hino.com
INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORP.
International produces a wide range of commercial trucks and engines. It has done away with its traditional numerical truck and engine model names, replacing most of them with brand “Star” names that indicate the application.
Its medium-duty models are the CityStar low-cab-forward line and the DuraStar conventionals. The CityStar comes in two models — CF 500 and CF 600 — each with a 73-inch BBC.
The CF 500 has a 16,000 pounds gvwr; the CF 600, 17,999 to 19,500 pounds gvwr. Making up the powertrain is a 200-hp International MaxxForce diesel and a five-speed automatic transmission.
The DuraStar conventional line is made up of 107-inch BBC models. The DuraStar 4100, with a 17,800-pound gvwr, has a 230-hp MaxxForce 7 diesel and a choice of Allison automatic transmissions.
Next are the DuraStar 4300 and DuraStar 4300 Lo-Profile, each with a gross vehicle weight rating of 23,500 to 37,000 pounds. They are standard with a MaxxForce DT diesel, in ratings of 210 to 300 hp, which can be mated to Eaton Fuller six- and seven-speed manual transmissions or Allison automatics.
At a 25,500- to 44,000-pound gcwr is the DuraStar 4400, DuraStar 4400 Lo-Profile and DuraStar 4x2 Tractor. Engine selections are the MaxxForce DT, in 225- to 300-hp models, and the MaxxForce 9, from 300 to 330 hp. Available transmissions are Eaton Fuller six-, seven- and 10-speed manuals and Allison automatics.
International’s line of conventional heavy-duty tractors include the 112-inch BBC ProStars, 107-inch TranStars and i Series.
The ProStar 4x2 has a gross conventional weight rating of 90,000 to 140,000 pounds. It can be outfitted with Caterpillar C-13 diesel engines, 380 to 470 hp; Cummins ISX diesels, 385 to 600 hp; International MaxxForce 11 diesels, 330 to 390 hp; or International MaxxForce 13 diesels, 410 to 475 hp. Available transmissions are Eaton Fuller 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals, Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts and Eaton Fuller 10-, 13-speed UltraShifts. With the same gross conventional weight rating and powertrains options is the ProStar 6x4.
International’s TranStars 8500 4x2 tractor’s gross conventional weight rating is 50,000 to 66,000 pounds. It is powered by a 310-hp engine backed to Eaton Fuller seven- and 10-speed manual transmissions, Spicer seven-speed manuals or Allison five- and six-speed automatics. These same powertrain choices apply to the TranStar 8500 6x4, with its 64,000 to 80,000-pound gcwr.
Next in TranStar lineup is the 8600 4x2 with a 80,000- to 110,000-pound gcwr. Engines offered are the Caterpillar C13, 305 to 470 hp; Cummins ISM, 280 to 410 hp; International MaxxForce 11, 330 to 390 hp; and International MaxxForce 13, 410 to 475 hp.
Eaton Fuller seven-, 10- and 13- speed manuals, Eaton Fuller 10-speed AutoShift and UltraShift and Allison five- and six-speed automatics are the transmission options.
The TranStar 8600 6x4, which has a gross conventional weight rating of 90,000 to 110,000 pounds, comes with the same powertrain availability at the 8600 4x2.
The International i Series comprises four models, starting with the 9200i 4x2 and 9200i 6x4, both with a 112-inch BBC and an 80,000- to 110,000-pound gcwr. The choice of diesel engines is Caterpillar C-13, 350 to 470 hp; Cummins ISM, 280 to 410 hp; and Cummins ISX, 385 to 500 hp.
These can be coupled to Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals, Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts or Eaton Fuller 10- and 13-speed UltraShifts transmissions.
The 9900i 6x4 is a 120-inch BBC conventional tractor; the 9900ix 6x4 a 130-inch BBC model. Each has a gross conventional weight rating of 90,000 to 140,000 pounds.
The powertrain is a choice of Caterpillar C-13 diesels, 410 to 470 hp; Caterpillar C-15 diesels, 450 to 550 hp; or Cummins ISX diesels, 400 to 600 hp, coupled to the same transmission choices as the TranStar 8600s.
Web site: www.internationaldelivers.com
ISUZU TRUCKS
Isuzu Truck’s 2008 N and W Series of low-cab-forward medium-duty trucks are all new, with significant enhancements, including larger cabs, superior safety and increased engine power. The N Series trucks are the same as the Chevrolet and GMC W Series, except for different badges.
The new diesel model truck offerings come in 12,000- to 19,500-pound gvwrs. The gas engine model lineup has 12,000 to 14,500 pounds gvwrs.
Most noticeable about the trucks is the rugged, spacious cab design. The fully trimmed interior is bigger in all dimensions, with larger door openings, a lower, wider self-cleaning non-slip entry step and convenient grab handles.
Isuzu F Series is a line of 78-inch BBC low-cab-forward models that begins with the FTR at 25,950 pounds gvwrs. Next is the FVR with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 to 33,000 pounds and then the FXR with 33,000 to 56,000 pounds gvwr.
Both the FTR and FVR are powered by a 210- to 215-hp Isuzu turbocharged/intercooled diesel and a choice of Allison six-speed automatic transmissions. The FXR has the same powertrain, but horsepower ratings of 250 to 300.
The H Series is Isuzu’s 105-inch BBC conventional truck models. The HTR has a 25,950-pound gvwr; HVR a gross vehicle weight rating of 25,950 to 33,000 pounds; and HXR, a 35,000- to 54,000-pound gvwr. Each has an Isuzu 6H turbocharged/intercooled diesel. The HTR’s engine is rated at 200 hp, the HVR’s at 215 to 250 hp and the HXR’s engine at 250 to 300 hp.
The transmissions for the HTR are Allison five-speed automatics or an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual. The HVR comes with an Allison five- and six-speed automatics or an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual. For the HXR, its Allison five- and six-speed automatics or Eaton Fuller nine- and 10-speed manuals.
Web site: www.isuzucv.com/trucks
KENWORTH TRUCK CO.
Kenworth also manufactures medium- and heavy-duty trucks. New to its medium-duty lineup is the conventional T270 and T370 models and the K260 cabover.
The K260 and K360 are 105-inch BBC cabover trucks with a gross combination weight rating of 26,000 pounds and 33,000 pounds, respectively. The K260 has a Paccar PX-6 diesel, at 220 to 280 hp, and a choice of a ZF six-speed manual transmission or an Allison five-speed automatic.
The K360 has the same powertrain, but its engine is a little stronger, with horsepower ratings from 220 to 280.
Making up its conventional medium-duty line is the new T270 and T370, also with a 105-inch BBC, and each with a 25,000- to 54,600-pound gvwr.
The T270 has a 200- to 330-hp Paccar PX-6 diesel, while the T300 gets a Paccar PX-8 diesel, in 200 to 330 hp ratings. A selection of manual and automatic transmissions is offered.
Kenworth has three models of aerodynamic conventional tractors — the T2000 sleeper cab, and the T660 and T800B, which come in both day and sleeper cab configurations.
The 120-inch BBC T2000 has a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 140,000 pounds. It can be powered with a Cummins ISX diesel engine, 305 to 600 hp; Caterpillar C13, 305 to 600 hp; or Caterpillar C15, 305 to 600 hp. A wide range of manual or automatic transmissions is available.
The T660, with a bumper-to-back-of-cab of 122-inches, has the same gross combination ratings and powertrain choices as the T2000.
T800B is a much heavier duty tractor with a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 350,000 pounds. It shares the same engine and transmission options as the T2000 and T600. The T800B comes in four BBC sizes: 116, 123, 125 and 133 inches.
The W900B and W900L are Kenworth’s traditional conventional tractors, offered in both day cabs and sleeper cabs. The W900B is 80,000 to 200,000 pounds gcwr; the W900L is 80,000 to 285,000 pounds gcwr. The powertrain choices are the same as those of the other tractors.
Web site: www.kenworth.com
MACK TRUCKS
Mack is a heavy-duty truck manufacturer. For 2008, it has a line of aerodynamic conventional tractors.
The Pinnacle Axle Forward 4x2 and Pinnacle Axle Forward 6x4 are 116-inch BBC tractors with a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 pounds. The tractors come standard with 415- to 485-hp Mack MP8 diesel engines.
Transmission choices are Mack six-, nine-, 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals, Allison five- and six-speed automatics and Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals.
Also with a 116-inch BBC is the Pinnacle Axle Back 4x2. The Pinnacle Axle Back 6x4 has a BBC of 117 inches. Both models are powered by a Mack MP7 diesel in horsepower ratings of 325 to 405. The transmission offerings are the same as those on the Pinnacle Axle Forward tractors.
Web site: www.macktrucks.com
MITSUBISHI FUSO TRUCK OF AMERICA
Mitsubishi Fuso’s 2008 light-duty low-cab-forward trucks have new configurations and a new engine emissions system. Its FK/FM medium-duty low-cab-forward models feature a new streamlined cab with flush-mounted headlights that reduce aerodynamic drag. Cab noise and vibration have been reduced by using a semi-floating cab mount, optimized cab roof structure and sound-reducing panels.
The light-duty models are the 66-inch BBC FE 125, with a 12,500-pound gvwr; FE 145, with a 14,500-pound gvwr; and FE 180, with a 17,995-pound gvwr. Each comes standard with a 185-hp Mitsubishi turbocharged/intercooled diesel and an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. Optional on the FE 180 is a Mitsubishi six-speed manual.
The medium-duty models are the FK 200, with a 20,935-pound gvwr; FM 260, with a 25,995-pound gvwr; and FM 330, with a 32,900-pound gvwr. All are powered by a 243-hp Mitsubishi turbocharged/intercooled diesel engine.
The FM 200 comes with an Allison five-speed automatic. The FM 260 gets either an Allison five-speed automatic or a Mitsubishi six-speed manual. The transmission choice for the FM 330 is an Allison six-speed automatic or a Mitsubishi six-speed manual.
Web site: www.mitfuso.com
PETERBILT MOTORS CO.
Earlier this year Peterbilt, a manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, introduced its Model 325 conventional 108-inch BBC medium-duty truck. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,500 pounds and comes with a Paccar PX-6 diesel, from 200 to 300 hp, and either an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual transmission or an Allison five-speed automatic.
The higher gross vehicle weight rating medium conventionals are the Model 330, at 26,000 pounds, and the Model 335, at 26,001 to 33,000 pounds. Both also have a bumper-to-back-of-cab of 108 inches. The Model 330 has a 200- to 325-hp Paccar PX-6 diesel and a selection of transmissions: Eaton Fuller six-speed manuals or Allison four-, five- and six-speed automatics.
The Model 335 also has a Paccar engine, 300 to 325 hp, and a transmission selection of Eaton Fuller six-, nine- and 10-speed manuals or Allison four-, five- and six-speed automatics.
Making up Peterbilt’s medium-duty cabover lineup are the 63-inch BBC Model 210, with a 26,000-pound gvwr, and Model 220, with a 33,000-pound gvwr. Standard power for both is a Paccar PX-6 diesel, 220 to 260 hp for the Model 210 and 220 to 280 hp for the Model 220. The transmission choice is a ZF six-speed manual or Allison five-speed automatic.
Peterbilt offers a wide range of heavy-duty truck models. Its aerodynamic conventional models, which come in day cab and sleeper cab versions, are the Model 387, Model 386 and Model 384.
The Model 387, in bumper-to-back-of-cabs of 112 and 120 inches has a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 150,000 pounds. Caterpillar C13, 305 to 470 hp; Caterpillar C15, 435 to 550 hp; and Cummins ISX 385 to 600 hp, are the available diesel engines. These can be coupled to Eaton Fuller 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manual transmissions, Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts or Eaton Fuller 10- and 13-speed UltraShifts.
The 126-inch BBC Model 386, with up to 84,600-pound gcwr, is powered by a Caterpillar C13, 305 to 470 hp; Caterpillar C15, 435 to 550 hp; Cummins ISM, 280 to 410 hp; or Cummins ISX, 385 to 600 hp. Available transmissions are Eaton Fuller 10, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals, Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts and Eaton Fuller 10- and 13-speed UltraShifts.
The gross combination weight rating for the 116-inch BBC Model 384 is the same as the Model 386. The Model 384’s selection of diesel power is Caterpillar C9, 335 to 350 hp; Caterpillar C13, 305 to 470 hp; and Cummins ISM, 280 to 410 hp. Transmissions are the same as the Model 386.
The Model 389 and Model 388 are Peterbilt’s line of traditional conventional day cab and sleeper cab models with up to 90,000-pound gcwr. The Model 389 has a 131-inch BBC; 123 inches for the Model 388.
The Model 389’s engine selections are Caterpillar C15, 435 to 600 hp, and Cummins ISX, 385 to 600 hp. These can be mated to Eaton Fuller 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manual, Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed UltraAuto or Eaton Fuller 10- and 13-speed UltraShift transmissions.
Web site: www.peterbilt.com
STERLING TRUCKS CORP.
Sterling offers a variety of medium- and heavy-duty product lines for beverage delivery applications. For medium-duty, there is the Sterling 360 — a  low-cab-forward, 78-inch BBC truck available in three gross vehicle weight ratings: 12,500, 15,500 and 17,995 pounds. It comes with a proprietary 175-hp 4.9-liter turbocharged diesel and Aisin six-speed automatic.
The conventional model Bullet is offered in two bumper-to-back-of-cabs — 123 and 143 inches — and a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,000 to 19,500 pounds. Its power comes from a 305-hp Cummins ISB diesel mated to either a Mercedes-Benz six-speed manual transmission or an Aisin six-speed automatic.
The Acterra also is a conventional model. It has a BBC of 106 inches and a 18,000- to 26,000-pound gvwr. Engine choices are the Cummins ISB diesel, 200 to 300 hp; Mercedes MBE900, 190 to 300 hp; and Cummins ISC, 240 to 330 hp. Transmissions include Eaton Fuller five- to 10-speed manuals, Mercedes-Benz six-speed manual and Eaton Fuller 10-speed AutoShift and Allison automatics.
The Acterra also comes as a heavy-duty aerodynamic conventional day cab model with a gross conventional weight rating of 80,000 pounds. Engines are the Cummins ISB, 200 to 300 hp, Mercedes-Benz 900, 190 to 300 hp, and Cummins ISC, 240 to 330 hp. Transmission options are the same as the conventional model.
The Sterling Set-Back A-Line and Set-Back L-Line are aerodynamic conventional tractor models in day cab and sleeper cab versions. Bumper-to-back-of-cab offerings are 113 and 122 inches. The Set-Back A-Line has a gross conventional weight rating of 80,000 pounds; 120,000 pounds for the Set-Back L-Line. Multiple engine and transmission choices are offered for both models.
The Set-Forward L-Line is a conventional day cab with a gross conventional weight rating of 120,000 pounds and a choice of a 101- or 111-inch BBC. Power is supplied by a Mercedes-Benz 4000 diesel, 350 to 450 hp; Mercedes-Benz 900, 190 to 300 hp; Detroit Diesel Series 60, 425 to 515 hp; and Caterpillar C13, 305 to 550 hp. Transmission options are the same as the Set-Back L-Line.
Web site: www.sterlingtrucks.com
UD TRUCKS
UD Trucks is Nissan Diesel America’s line of cab-over-engine light and medium-duty trucks. The line begins with 70-inch BBC UD1400, with a 14,250 pounds gvwr. It has a 175-hp turbocharged/intercooled diesel engine with an Aisin four-speed automatic transmission.
The UD 1800CS (City Spec) comes next at a 17,995-pound gvwr and a 73 inch BBC. It has the same powertrain, plus an option of a Nissan Diesel six-speed manual transmission.
The 78-inch BBC UD 1800HD (Heavy Duty) truck has the same gross vehicle weight rating and a more powerful 230-hp turbocharged/ intercooled diesel engine. It is offered with a Nissan Diesel six-speed manual transmission or an Allison five-speed automatic.
Next at a 19,500 pounds gvwr, with the same powertrain, is the UD2000, an 83-inch BBC model. This is followed by the UD2300LP (Low Profile) and UD2300DH (Dock Height) models. Both have a BBC of 83 inches, the same engine and transmission choices, and a 23,000-pound gvwr.
With the same 83-inch BBC are the 25,995-pound gvwr UD2600 and UD2600LP. They have the same powertrain as the UD2300s.
The lineup ends with the 32,900-pound gvwr. It, too, has the same 83 inch BBC and powertrain.
Web site: www.udtrucks.com
VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA
Volvo Trucks manufactures, distributes and supports a broad line of Volvo Class 8 trucks and tractors.
Its VT line of aerodynamic conventionals include the VT880 and VT 830 sleeper cab, 200-inch BBC tractors, and the 134-inch BBC VT 800 day cab. All have a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 140,000 pounds.
Powertrain options are the same. Engines options: Volvo D16, 500 to 600 hp, and Cummins ISX, 500 to 600 hp. Transmission choices: Volvo I-Shift, Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals and Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts.
The VNL (L designates long hood) models are also aerodynamic conventional sleeper cabs tractors. Their gross combination weight rating is 80,000 to 120,000 pounds. The VNL 780 and VNL730 have a 189-inch BBC; VNL 670 and VNL 630 have a 174 inch BBC; and VNL 430 has a 155 inch BBC.
The VNL 780’s engine selections are: Volvo D13, 335 to 485 hp; Volvo D16, 450 to 535 hp; and Cummins ISX, 385 to 565 hp. Available transmissions: Volvo AT and ATO 12-speed I-Shifts, Eaton Fuller 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals, Eaton Fuller AutoShifts and UltraShifts, and ZF-FreedomLine 12-speed manual.
The engines for the VNL 730 and VNL 670 include the above Volvo options and Cummins ISX 400 to 565 hp. The transmission selections also are the same as VNL 780.
Similarly, the VNL 630 and VNL 430 share the same powertrain options. Engines: Volvo D11, 325 to 405 hp; Volvo D13, 335 to 485 hp; Volvo D16 I-Torque, 450 to 535 hp; and Cummins ISX 385 to 565 hp. The choice of transmissions is the same as the VNL 780. A VNL day cab model with these same powertrain availability also is an option.
VNM is Volvo Truck’s line of medium length hood aerodynamic models, all with a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 120,000 pounds. The 164-inch BBC VNM 630 and 146-inch VNM 430 are powered by a choice of engines: Volvo D11, 325 to 405 hp and Volvo D13, 335 to 485 hp. These can be coupled to a variety of transmissions: Volvo 12-speed I-Shift, Eaton Fuller 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals, Eaton Fuller AutoShifts and UltraShifts, ZF-FreedomLine 12-speed manual and Allison six-speed automatics.
The VNM day cab model has a bumper-to-back-of cab of 114 inches and comes with the same engine and transmission offerings, with the added option of Allison four- and five-speed automatics.
Web site: www.volvo.com/trucks/na/en-us
WESTERN STAR TRUCKS
Western Star’s line of heavy-duty trucks include the traditional conventional 4900EX (Extended Hood) and 4900FA (Forward Axle) models.
The 132-inch BBC 4900EX has a gross combination weight rating of 80,000 to 160,000 pounds. Engine choices are Detroit Diesel Series 60, 425 to 515 hp, and Caterpillar C15, 435 to 625 hp. The available transmissions: Eaton Fuller 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller AutoShifts; and UltraShifts and Allison automatics.
The 4900FA, in bumper-to-back-of-cab of 123 and 109 inches, can haul more payload with a gross combination weight rating of up to 250,000 pounds. Available engines are the Detroit Diesel Series 60, 425 to 515 hp; Caterpillar C13, 305 to 470 hp; Caterpillar C15, 435 to 625 hp; and Mercedes-Benz 4000, 350 to 450 hp. The same transmissions as the 4900EX are offered.
Western Star calls its 4900SA (set-back axle) model a “supervisibility” conventional. It comes with the same bumper-to-back-of-cabs, gross combination weight rating and powertrain offerings as the 4900FA.
Web site: www.westernstartrucks.com
David Kolman is a veteran truck communicator, keynote speaker and long-haul trucker. Commissioned as an Honorary Colonel on the Kentucky governor’s staff for his work promoting traffic safety, he actively participates in trade associations and reports news and information about the trucking industry for broadcasting and print media.

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