The latest models for beverage delivery applications
Ford Commercial Trucks
Ford offers a complete line of light and medium-duty
commercial trucks, up to Class 7. Its Super Duty line of mediums has a
confident stance, drop-down beltline and a large grille with
machined-appearance bars and distinctive side nostrils.
The F-450 and F-550 Super Duty lineup for 2006 builds
on the chassis improvements made for the 2005 models and adds new interior
trim packages. Flat frame rails and color-coded wiring on isolated circuits
facilitate body installation.
Wheelbases range from 141 to 201 inches. The F-450 has
a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 6,000 pounds; the F-550 17,950 and
19,000 pounds. Both truck models have improved shift feel through engine
and transmission calibration revision. Standard features include a
four-wheel anti-lock braking system, power steering, air conditioning and
power door locks and windows.
The standard powertrain, Ford says, “is the
segment’s most powerful gasoline engine,” the 362-horsepower
(hp), 6.8-liter Triton V10. It is mated to a five-speed TorqShift automatic
transmission with Tow-Haul Mode, which provides improved control uphill and
downhill using a tailored shift strategy and engine braking as necessary.
The 6-liter V8 Power Stroke turbo diesel rated at 325
hp with a six-speed manual is optional; a 4-speed automatic can be ordered.
Ford touts its F-650 and F-750 Super Duty models as
having “modern styling, comfort and convenience features customers
may be surprised to find in a commercial truck of this size.” By
packaging major components under the cab and not on the frame, there is a
clean cab-to-axle to help lower upfitting costs.
GVWRs are 17,999, 22,000, 26,000, 29,000, 30,000 and
33,000 pounds for the F-650, and 25,999 to 33,000 pounds for the F-750.
Wheelbases go from 146 to 260 inches. Low-profile versions are available.
Called the Pro Loader, these models combine low load height with a small
turning diameter. Tractor configurations also are offered.
Three diesel engine families offer a wide variety of
horsepower to choose from. The base engine for both the F-650 and F-750 is
the 6-liter V8 Power Stroke turbo diesel with power ratings from 200 to 230
hp. Optional engines are the Caterpillar C7 ACERT 7.2-liter, from 190 to
300 hp, and the Cummins 5.9-liter ISB with horsepower ratings from 185 to
260. There is a choice of five-, six- and seven-speed manual and five- and
six-speed automatic transmissions.
New to Ford’s lineup is the LCF, a Class 4 and 5
vehicle designed, Ford notes, for use in highly populated urban areas for
drivers who appreciate the tilt cab design advantages over conventional
cabs such as visibility, maneuverability, operating ease and overall
The LCF features an easy-in, easy-out, ergonomically
designed cab that is comfortable and quiet. Gauges and controls are within
easy sight and reach.
The LCF comes in three GVWRs: 16,000, 17,999 and 19,500
pounds. The only available powertrain is the 200-hp Power Stroke 4.5-liter
V6 diesel mated to a TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission. Available
wheelbases stretch from 113 to 185 inches. All models have clean top of
frame rail for easy, more cost-efficient body mounting.
The LCF is built by Blue Diamond, through a joint
manufacturing venture between Ford and International.
Web site: commtruck.ford.com
Freightliner says its Business Class M2 line of Class
5-8 models are ideal vehicles for beverage applications. Available as a
truck or tractor, the M2 models are said to be “extremely
agile,” featuring a wheel cut up to 55-degrees, set-back front axle
and swept-back bumper for maneuverability. A large, single-piece
windshield, low-profile dash and aerodynamic sloped hood provide a
panoramic view of the truck’s surroundings.
They have spacious and comfortable interiors. Wide
door openings, low step-in heights and interior and exterior grab handles
offer easy entry and exit for reduced fatigue.
The M2 100 and 106 models are single rear axle trucks,
with the 106 offered in a tractor version. The M2 112 has a tandem rear
axle and is available as a truck or a tractor with a GVWR of up to 66,000
Cabs, made of aluminum for lighter weight and better
corrosion-resistance, are available in 100-, 106- and 112-inch BBC
configurations. With clear frame rails back of cab, multiple exhaust
options and a multiplex wiring system that eliminates large wiring bundles,
body installations are simplified.
The Business Class M2s have also been designed to be
easier to maintain with easy access to major components, color-coded wires,
simplified electronics and Freightliner’s ServiceLink diagnostic
A wide variety of power choices are available. Diesel
engines in horsepower ratings from 170 to 430 are offered by Mercedes-Benz
and Caterpillar. Transmission choices are
Allison, Mercedes-Benz and Eaton Fuller in automated, automatic and five-,
six-, seven-, nine-, 10-, 11- and 13-speed manuals.
Web site: freightlinertrucks.com
General Motors Corp.
General Motors is one of the few manufacturers that
offer a full product line that meets all of the needs of the beverage
industry — from passenger cars to work vans to medium- and heavy-duty
vehicles. All are engineered to help reduce costs with easy maintenance and
The GMC TopKick and Chevy Kodiak are its conventional
model trucks. They are said to have “one of the best turning
diameters within Classes 4 and 5 for turns even tighter than most full-size
pickups and some midsize cars.”
The TopKick and Kodiak C4500 are offered in gross
vehicle weight ratings of 16,000 and 17,500 pounds. Wheelbases are 128 to
188 inches for bodies 8 to 18 feet long. The C5500 comes in GVWRs up to
26,000 pounds and wheelbases of 128 to 224 inches to handle 8- to 24-foot
bodies. The standard powertrain is the 325-hp V8 Vortex 8100 gas engine and
an Allison automatic transmission. The 325-hp Duramax 6600 turbo diesel is
GVWRs for the GMC TopKick and Chevy Kodiak C6500 are
from 19,501 to 26,000 pounds, 25,950 to 37,600 pounds for the C7500, 33,000
to 42,600 pounds for the C8500 and 46,000 to 61,000 pounds for the C8500
The wheelbase spread for the C6500 is 128 to 296 inches
for body lengths of 8 to 30 feet. Both the C7500 and C8500 have wheelbase
offerings from 140 to 296 inches, also for 8- to 30-foot bodies. The C8500
Tandem can handle bodies from 12 to 30 feet long with wheelbases from 152
to 308 inches.
Engine choices for the C6500 and C7500 are the 295-hp
V8 Vortex 8100 gas, or Duramax or Caterpillar diesels in 200 to 230 hp.
There are a variety of Allison automatics and Eaton Fuller five-, six- and
seven-speed transmissions to select from.
The C8500 gets some “stronger” diesels,
with hp ratings from 210 to 300 and more manual transmissions, with nine-
and 10-speed offerings. The C8500 Tandem only comes with diesel power, from
230 to 300 hp. It has the same transmission choices as the C8500.
The W Series is GM’s line of low cab forward
vehicles, which feature improved maneuverability, plus a panoramic
windshield, large side windows and high seating position for visibility.
The cab tilts for convenient engine access and easy maintenance, and doors
open a full 90 degrees for easy entry and exit.
The Chevy and GMC W3500 have a GVWR of 12,000 pounds,
14,500 pounds for the W4500, 17,950 pounds for the W5500 and 19,500 pounds
for the W5500HD. All models come standard with a 300-hp Vortec 6000 V8 gas
engine and four-speed automatic transmission. There is an option of a
190-hp turbo and intercooled diesel with six-speed manual.
The W3500 is available in wheelbases of 109 to 150
inches to accommodate bodies of 10 to 18 feet. The W4500, W5500 and W5500HD
all have wheelbase ranges from 109 to 176 inches. The W4500 and W5500HD can
handle 10- to 20-foot body lengths; the WD500 12- to 20-foot.
The Chevy and GMC T Series of diesel-powered
cabover-engine design trucks also feature “impressive
maneuverability,” helped by 53-degree wheelcut angles and superb
visibility. GVWRs are from 24,350 to 26,000 pounds for the T6500, 25,950 to
33,000 pounds for the T7500, 33,001 to 39,000 pounds for the T8500 and
52,350 to 56,000 pounds for the 8500 Tandem.
The T6500 comes with a Duramax 7.8-liter diesel in
200- or 230-hp ratings and a variety of Allison automatics and Eaton Fuller
five- and six-speed manuals.
The same engine, in ratings from 200 to 300 hp, is for
the T6500. Here again, a selection of Allison automatics and Eaton Fuller
six-, nine- and 10-speed manual transmissions is offered.
The T8500’s 7.8-liter Duramax diesel is available
in 230- to 300-hp models; T8500 Tandem, 230 to 300 hp. There is a wide
choice of Allison automatics and Eaton Fuller manuals.
The Chevy and GMC T6500, T7500 and T8500 each can
handle bodies from 10 to 34 feet with wheelbases from 128 to 260 inches.
The T8500 Tandem has wheelbases from 152 to 260 inches for 16- to 32-foot
Web site: Chevy Trucks: chevrolet.com/mediumduty; GMC
Hino Trucks offers a range of Class 4-7 conventional
model trucks that provide good visibility, maneuverability and
serviceability. Designed for drivers, the trucks have extra wide door swing
and “walk-in steps” to provide simple and secure entry and
The fully galvanized steel
cab provides extra rigidity for ride comfort and noise reduction. The Hino
Trucks’ visibility comes from a high driving position, large
windshield and “aggressively” sloped hood. A lot of attention
has been paid to serviceability. The engine is fully forward of the
firewall for improved accessibility, service panels are easily removed and
routine fluid checks can be performed from the driver’s side with no
undue reaching. The chassis has clean access from back-of-cab to the end of
the frame rails for simplified body and equipment installations.
The Hino 145, rated at 14,050 pounds GVWR, and the
Hino 165, with a 16,000-pound GVWR, both come in wheelbases of 147 to 201
inches. Body lengths are 12 to 14 feet for the 145, 12 to 18 feet for the
The Hino 185, in wheelbases of 169 to 210 inches, has
a GVWR of 18,000 pounds. It can fit bodies that are 14 to 20 feet in
All three models are powered by Hino’s 5-liter
175-hp high-pressure common rail fuel injected and turbocharged diesel
engine and a five-speed Eaton Fuller manual transmission. A four-speed
Aisin automatic isoptional.
GVWR rated at 23,000 pounds, the Hino 238 and the
25,500-pound GVWR rated Hino 258LP (Low Profile) are each offered in
wheelbases of 187 to 253 inches for bodies 14 to 24 feet long. Low-profile
truck models feature a lower platform height for easier entry and exit and
loading and unloading.
Next up in the GVWR range are the Hino 268 and 268A
models, each with a GVWR rating of 25,950 pounds. Wheelbases are from 187
to 271 inches to accommodate bodies from 14 to 26 feet in length.
At the top of the line is the Hino 338 at 33,000 pounds
GVWR. It, too, has wheelbases from 187 to 271 inches for bodies ranging
from 12 to 26 feet long.
The 238, 258LP, 268, 268A and 338 all have the larger
8-liter, 220-hp Hino diesel backed to an Eaton Fuller six-speed manual.
Available as an option is a five-speed Allison automatic.
Web site: hino.com
International Truck & Engine Corp.
International produces a wide range of commercial
trucks and engines designed to meet the demanding driving conditions of
beverage delivery. The vehicles feature innovations that increase uptime,
extend service intervals and improve ride and handling.
Conventional trucks models, which can accommodate a
broad range of body lengths, include:
4200 in GVWRs from
21,500 to 35,000 pounds and wheelbases from 128 to 254 inches. 4200
Lo-Profile in GVWRs from 19,660 to 27,000 pounds and wheelbases from 140 to
254 inches. The vehicles are powered by International diesel engines from
175 to 230 hp with a choice Allison automatics or Eaton Fuller five- or
six-speed manual transmissions.
4300 in GVWRs
from 23,500 to 37,000 pounds and wheelbases from 128 to 254 inches. 4300
Lo-Profile in GVWRs from 23,500 to 27,000 pounds and wheelbases from 140 to
254 inches. Power is supplied by International diesels from 195 to 250 hp.
Transmissions available are six- or seven-speed Eaton Fuller manuals and a
range of Allison automatics.
4400 in GVWRs from 25,500 to 54,000 pounds and
wheelbases from 140 to 254 inches. 4400 Lo-Profile in GVWRs from 23,500 to
27,000 pounds and wheelbases from 140 to 254 inches. International diesels
come in ratings 225 to 330 hp, with a choice of Allison, Eaton Fuller and
International automatic, automated and six- and 10-speed manual
4400 4x2 Mid Cab
Tractor has a 4-inch higher stance and ride enhancing standard cab air
suspension system for applications that require a significant amount of
bobtailing. GVWRs range from 29,000 to 35,000 pounds; wheelbases from 136
to 156 inches. International diesels come in 215 to 300 hp ratings, with a
choice of Eaton Fuller six-, seven- and 10-speed manuals and Allison five-
and six-speed automatics.
International recently extended its medium-duty truck
family with the introduction of Class 5 4100 conventional and the CF Series
of Class 4 and 5 low cab forward trucks. The CF is built by Blue Diamond,
through a joint manufacturing venture between International and Ford.
The CF Series is designed for good visibility and
agile maneuvering. A 53-degree wheelcut enables it to easily handle sharp
turns and tight city streets. It comes standard
with a 200-hp International VT 275 diesel joined to a Ford five-speed
overdrive automatic transmission. Two models are available. The CF500 has a
16,000-pound GVWR and wheelbases from 113 to 166 inches. The CF600 is
offered in two GVWR ratings — 17,999 and 19,500 pounds — in
wheelbases from 113 to 185 inches.
Like the CF Series, the 4100 conventional truck has a
spacious and comfortable cab environment and good maneuverability, ride and
visibility. It also has extended and synchronized service intervals for
reduced maintenance and operating costs. Built on a low-profile frame for
easier loading and unloading, the 4100 has GVWRs of 17,800 and 19,500
pounds. It comes standard with a 230-hp International VT-365 diesel engine
and Allison 1000 Series transmission.
With the exception of the CF, all 4000 Series trucks
are equipped with International Aware Vehicle Intelligence, a comprehensive
telematics offering for improving the profitability of fleet operations,
and the self-diagnosing International Diamond Logic Electric system, which
helps provide increased reliability and maximized uptime.
Web site: internationaldelivers.com
For 2006, Isuzu
Trucks has given its N-Series gas model a fresh new look outside, and more
driver comfort and convenience inside. Available in GVWRs of 12,000 and
14,500 pounds, the NPR Gas comes only with a 300-hp V8 engine and
four-speed automatic transmission. The NPR is available in a 190-hp diesel
version with a standard six-speed manual and
optional four-speed automatic.
The NQR is the next step up, payload-wise, with a GVWR
of 17,950 pounds, followed by the 19,500-pound GVWR NRR. Both models have
as standard equipment a 190-hp diesel and six-speed transmission. Optional
is a four-speed automatic.
The N-Series can accommodate body lengths of 10 to 20
feet with wheelbases from 109 to 176 inches. All of Isuzu’s diesel
engines are turbocharged and intercooled for improved performance.
The Isuzu F-Series is designed for tight turns, tight
situations, narrow streets and heavier loads. The FTR has a GVWR of 25,950
pounds; FRV 26,001 to 33,000 pounds; FXR 33,001 pounds; FXR Tandem 52,350
The FTR and FVR have 200-hp diesel engines linked to
Allison five-speed transmissions. The FXR has a 230-hp diesel; tandem axle
version gets 250 hp. Both FXRs have an Allison six-speed automatic. The
FTR, FVR and FXR have wheelbases that range from 128 to 160 inches for body
lengths from 12 to 32 feet. The FXR Tandem comes in 152 to 260-inch
wheelbases for 16- to 32-foot bodies.
The H Series is Isuzu’s line of efficient,
maneuverable and driver-friendly conventionals with GVWRs from 25,950 to
54,600 pounds. A set-back front axle and a 53-degree wheelcut allow for
tighter turns and improved maneuverability. Non-slip, well-spaced steps and
grab handle make for easy and secure cab entry and exit.
The HTR is rated at 25,950 pounds GVWR, the HVR 25,950
to 33,000 pounds and the HXR at 35,000 pounds;
54,600 pounds for the tandem-axle version.
The H Series trucks feature an Isuzu six-cylinder diesel engine. The HTR has a 200-hp diesel and a
choice of Allison five-speed automatic or Eaton Fuller six-speed manual
transmissions. Power ratings for the HVR are 215 and 205 hp with Allison
five- and six-speed automatics and Eaton Fuller six-speed manuals. The HXR
gets a 250-hp diesel; tandem-axle version 300-hp engine. Transmission
choices are Allison five- and six-speed automatics and Eaton Fuller nine-
and 10-speed manuals.
The H Series is offered in wheelbases of 152 to 260
inches for bodies in lengths of 8 to 28 feet.
Web site: isuzucv.com/trucks
Kenworth Truck Co.
The T300 is Kenworth’s primary beverage vehicle.
Designed specifically for the medium-duty market, it is available as a
conventional truck or tractor, with single or tandem axles, in GVWRs from
26,000 up to 54,600 pounds.
The T300 combines Kenworth’s Class 8 heritage
with maneuverability and high visibility due to the 20-degree sloped hood,
50-degee wheelcut, one-piece windshield and Daylite doors. The aluminum and
fiberglass cab with cowl mounted mirrors add strength and durability for
longer life and lower operating costs.
Maintaining and servicing the truck is easier with a
90-degree hood tilt for good accessibility to the engine compartment. Fluid
level checks are located together and can be efficiently checked and
Kenworth made some major enhancements last year to its T300 that are incorporated in its 2006 model.
These include exterior enhancements, including standard complex reflector
headlamps that provide a 50 percent increase in illumination. New options
include corner windows that aid in backing up and negotiating tight spots,
and a center console containing a workstation.
Power for the T300 is supplied by Cummins ISB, Cummins
ISC or Caterpillar C7 diesel engines from 190 to 330 hp. Twenty-three
choices of Eaton Fuller manual transmissions, options of up to10 speeds, or
Allison automatics can be had. Wheelbase configurations range from between
140 and 320 inches.
Web site: kenworth.com
Mack’s Vision DayCab is well-suited for those in
the beverage industry involved primarily in local and regional daily
hauling. With a combination of advanced materials and smart engineering,
Mack says the tractor is “one of the lightest, quietest day cabs in
trucking ... Less weight means lower operating costs. And less noise and
vibration reduces driver fatigue.”
The tractor is powered by Mack’s ASET
(Application Specific Engine Technology) highway engine, available in a
horsepower ratings ranging from 310/330 to 460 hp. ASET engines offer
superior horsepower and torque capability, improved fuel efficiency,
quicker throttle response and greater engine braking output.
An Eaton Fuller 10-speed manual transmission is
standard. Optional transmissions include automatics, automated and manuals.
GVWRs range from 33,000 to 60,000 pounds.
Web site: macktrucks.com
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Of America
Mitsubishi Fuso markets a complete line of
diesel-powered, medium-duty cabover trucks. The vehicles are designed for
tight turning diameters and improved handling.
The line features easy-to-read instrumentation,
tilt/telescoping steering wheel and dash-mounted shifter. The doors have
swing-forward hinges for a wider door opening and covered and grated steps
for safer entry and exit.
For 2006, the new Class 4 FE140 is Mitsubishi
Fuso’s newest addition to its product line. Rated at 14,050 pounds
GVWR, it is available in three wheelbase lengths, 115, 134 and 152 inches,
and can accommodate body length sizes of 12 to 16 feet.
The FE140 is powered by Mitsubishi Fuso’s 147-hp
dual-overhead-cam, turbocharged, intercooled diesel engine with a
Mitsubishi five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed Aisin automatic is
optional. The FE145 has a GVWR of 14,500 pounds and the same wheelbases and
body lengths as the FE140. It also shares the same powertrain.
The last model in the FE series is the 17,995-pound
gross vehicle weight rated FE180. Its wheelbase range is 228 to 290 inches,
handling bodies of 12 to 20 feet. The FE180 also has the 147-hp Mitsubishi
diesel and five-speed manual with the Aisin six-speed automatic as an
Next comes the FK200 with a 20,935-pound GVWR. Its
newly designed low-profile tire and wheel combination allows the frame to
sit just under 36 inches off the ground.
The FK200 comes standard with a 243-hp Mitsubishi
turbocharged, intercooled diesel and Allison speed-speed automatic. A
six-speed Mitsubishi manual transmission is optional. The wheelbase spread
is 168 to 205 inches for 16- to 24-foot bodies.
For larger payloads there’s the FM model in two
GVWRs: the FM260 at 25,995 pounds and the FM330 at 32,900 pounds. The FM260
has a 243-hp Mitsubishi six-cylinder diesel engine and a choice of standard
Allison five-speed automatic or optional Mitsubishi six-speed manual.
The FM330’s diesel is available in ratings of
243 and 274 hp. There is a choice of transmissions — the standard
Allison six-speed automatic or an optional Mitsubishi six-speed or Eaton
Fuller nine-speed manuals. Both models can handle bodies in 14- to 28-foot
lengths with their wheelbases of 145 to 239 inches.
Web site: mitfuso.com
Peterbilt Motors Co.
Peterbilt’s primary vehicle for the beverage
industry is its maneuverable and dependable Class 6 and 7 Model 335,
available in truck and tractor configurations. Its all-aluminum cab is
reported to match the lifecycle of aluminum beverage bodies and trailers.
The Model 335 features one-piece hood and integrated
fenders constructed of composite material that is lightweight, highly
durable and impact resistant. A series of design enhancements have been
made to the Model 335, including new serviceability features, interior
upgrades for better productivity and ergonomics, easier and more convenient
cab entry and egress, and improvements that help increase visibility and
Downtime is minimized, helped by a hood that tilts 90
degrees for easy access to the engine and the steering gear mounted outside
the frame rails. Electrical problems are quickly traced by an easily
serviced electrical system that features clearly numbered wires and outside circuits with aluminum tags.
Additionally, dash panels can be easily removed for quick and efficient
The Model 335 is offered in GVWRs from 26,000 to
66,000 pounds using single and tandem axles. Wheelbases range from 150 to
274 inches. Recommended body lengths for single-axle chassis range from 10
to 26 feet.
The choice of diesel power is Caterpillar or Cummins
engines in horsepower ratings ranging from 190 to 315. Choices for
transmission are four-, five- and six-speed Allison automatics, six- and
10-speed Eaton Fuller automated, and six-, nine-, 10- and 11-speeds Eaton
Web site: peterbilt.com
Sterling Trucks has three product lines for beverage
delivery and distribution applications: Acterra, L-Line and A-Line. All
offer ease of entry and egress, roominess, good visibility, maneuverability
and ride, and the reliability important for the stop-and-go operations.
The Sterling A-Line of regional haul tractors comes in
a variety of cab configurations: medium and long conventional and two
sleeper models and sizes. GVWR ratings range from 33,000 to 60,600 pounds.
There are three diesel engine choices: Caterpillar,
Detroit Diesel and Mercedes Benz from 330 to 550 hp. A variety of Eaton
Fuller and Allison manual, automatic and automated transmissions are
Like the A-Line, the tractor configuration of
Sterling’s L-Line has a number cab configurations: 101-, 111-, 113-
and 122-inch BBC versions. Ratings for GVWR are 27,500 to 72,000 pounds
(without pusher axles).
Diesel engines, from 190 to 550 hp, are available from
Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel and Mercedes Benz. These can be mated to a
selection of Allison, Eaton Fuller and Meritor automatic, automated and
The Acterra, available in both
truck and tractor versions, has a 106-inch BBC and a wide range of GVWRs,
from 18,000 to 64,000 pounds. The chassis is offered with a specially
reinforced frame for beverage applications. The Acterra also has a choice
of Meritor, Eaton Fuller and Allison manual, automated and automatic
transmissions. Diesel engines range from 190 to 350 hp in models from
Caterpillar Cummins and Mercedes-Benz.
Web site: sterlingtrucks.com
The UD Trucks line of low cab forward vehicles from
Nissan Diesel America offers a range of diesel powered chassis, from the
Class 3 UD1300 with a GVWR of 13,000 pounds, all the way through the Class
7 UD3300 with a GVWR of 32,900 pounds.
UD Trucks’ cab-over-engine design provides
“excellent forward and downward visibility,” according to the
company. The wide panoramic windshield and large side windows give the
driver an uncluttered wide field of vision. The design also results in
tighter turning radiuses and better maneuverability compared with
conventional cab vehicles. The aerodynamic styling reduces wind resistance,
which not only improves fuel economy but lowers interior noise.
The UD1300, 15,250-pound GVWR UD1400 and 17,995-pound
GVWR UD1800CS (City Spec) come standard with the MD-175 four-cylinder
turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine rated at 175 hp.
The UD1300 and UD1400 feature an Aisin four-speed
overdrive automatic transmission as standard equipment. The UD1800CS offers
a six-speed overdrive Nissan Diesel manual transmission with the Aisin
automatic as an option.
Wheelbases for the UD1300 and UD1400 range from 109 to
149 inches. Both models can accommodate body lengths of 10 to 18 feet. The
UD1800CS can handle bodies from 14 to 22 feet with its wheelbases of 143 to
The UD1800 is also available in a heavy-duty version,
also rated at 17,995 pounds GVW. It comes in wheelbases from 148 to 217
inches for body lengths of 14 to 24 feet. The 19,500-pound GVWR UD2000 is
offered in same wheelbases and body lengths as the UD1800HD. The UD2300,
which comes in low-profile and dock high versions, has a GVW rating of
23,000 pounds. Both versions will fit body lengths of 14 to 26 with
wheelbases choices from 147 to 216 inches.
Rated at 25,995 pounds GVW, the UD2600 is available in
wheelbases from 150 to 254 inches for bodies from 14- to 30-foot truck
bodies. The UD3300 has a GVW rating of 32,900 pounds and wheelbases from
156 to 238 inches. It can handle bodies from 14 to 26 feet.
The UD1800HD, UD2000, UD2300, UD2600 and UD3300 all
feature the MD-230 six-cylinder diesel engine rated at 230 hp and are
standard equipped with a six-speed overdrive Nissan Diesel manual
transmission. The new generation Allison five-speed automatic is an option.
Because the Allison product line now offers a locking
torque converter feature, all UD Trucks with automatics now have an exhaust
brake as standard. Air conditioning, power windows and door locks and
keyless entry are also part of the standard spec.
Web site: udtrucks.com
Volvo Trucks North America
For applications that go out and back in the same day,
Volvo Trucks recommends its lightweight and aerodynamic VNM 200 and VNL 300
daycab tractors. The VNM 200 has a mid-length hood and a 113-inch BBC. The
122-inch BBC VNL300 has a longer hood to accommodate larger, more powerful
These daycabs, according to Volvo, are “the most
maneuverable in their class,” due to the 50-degree wheel cut,
set-back front axle and responsive steering that deliver “a turning
radius that’s one of the tightest in the industry.” The
tractors were designed for stop-and-start driving, maximum dependability,
smooth, quiet ride and good handling.
The cab of the VNM 200 and VNL 300 is made of
high-strength steel that is welded rather than riveted for maximum rigidity
and greater protection. The interior is spacious and driver friendly. Key
diagnostic information is displayed on a large screen centrally positioned
on the dash. Controls are within easy reach and often-used switches can be
located on the steering wheel. Standard equipment includes tilt/telescopic
steering wheel and ABS.
The VNM 200 comes with Volvo’s VED12 diesel
engine in ratings from 365 to 465 hp and a selection of Eaton Fuller and
Meritor automated and manual transmissions in nine, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16 and
There is a choice of diesel engines for the VNL 300:
Volvo VED12 in 365 to 465 hp ratings, Cummins ISX in 385 to 565 hp and
16-liter Volvo D16 from 450 to 535 hp. Available transmissions are the same
as for the VNM.
VNM 200 comes in GVWRs from 46,000 to 60,600 pounds
and wheelbases from 144 to 225 inches. GVWRs for the VNL 300 are 46,000 to
62,000 pounds; wheelbases are 148 to 256 inches.
Web site: volvo.com/trucks/na/en-us BI
Vehicle classes by gross vehicle weight
Class 1 6,000
pounds and less
Class 2 6,001
to 10,000 pounds
Class 3 10,001
to 14,000 pounds
Class 4 14,001
to 16,000 pounds
Class 5 16,001
to 19,500 pounds
Class 6 19,501
to 26,000 pounds
Class 7 26,001
to 33,000 pounds
Class 8 33,001
pounds and greater
Beverage Truck bodies & Trailers
Hackney (Division of
Specialized Vehicles Corp.)
Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies
Kidron (Division of
Specialized Vehicles Corp.)
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The January premiere issue of 2020 kicks off with the Bottler of the Year profile on Refreshment Services Inc. (RSI) Key West. Readers also can clue-in on the latest developments and insight in reusable packaging, tracking technology in distribution, and new, convenient ways antioxidants are shining as ingredients. Readers also can check out new product releases, the latest in packaging, and innovations in the supermarkets space. The year in beverage has much in store, so read up now!
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