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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’ 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
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.
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-
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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 is a heavy-duty truck manufacturer. For 2008, it has a line of aerodynamic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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