Completed annually, Beverage Industry’s medium- and heavy-duty truck roundup, which consists of Classes 4 through 8, is a compilation of vehicle offerings suited to beverage industry applications. Highlighted as follows is an overview of model year 2012 trucks and selected vehicle specifications.


Ford has three medium-duty conventional truck models for beverage applications: the F-650 Pro Loader with a gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) of 26,000 pounds; the F-650 Straight Frame with a gvwr of 29,000 pounds; and the F-750 with a 37,000-pound gvwr. All three models are available in three factory-built cabs: Regular Cab, Crew Cab and SuperCab, which is the only four-door extended cab configuration in the segment, the company says. All come with a host of standard and optional upgrades for enhanced flexibility, comfort and utility.

The F-650s and F-750s share the same standard engine: an inline six-cylinder Cummins 6.7-liter ISB intercooled and turbocharged diesel with ratings from 200 to 360 horsepower (hp). Allison six-speed automatic overdrive transmissions are standard. Allison, Eaton Fuller and Spicer six- and seven-speed manuals are optional.

New for 2012, the F-650 is available with a 6.8-liter Ford V-10 gasoline engine that’s rated at 362 hp and 457 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with Ford’s all-new 6R140 six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive gears and available power takeoff.




Freightliner’s Business Class M2 models come in 106- and 112-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) platforms, in both truck and tractor configurations. Cab choices are: day cab, 26-inch extended cab and 48-inch crew cab.

The M2 106 features up to a 55-degree wheel-cut, set-back front axle and swept-back bumper for excellent maneuverability in tight urban situations. With a gvwr of up to 60,000 pounds, the M2 106 has a Cummins ISB or ISC diesel engine with ratings from 200 to 350 hp. Manual and automated transmissions from Eaton Fuller, Allison automatic transmissions and Freightliner’s AMT3 fully automated manual transmission, featuring SmartShift “shift-by-wire” technology, are offered.

The M2 lineup also includes the M2 106 Hybrid, which features the Eaton Hybrid Electric Drivetrain System that operates using the diesel engine alone or in combination with the hybrid electric motor. This motor provides additional power to launch the vehicle and improves fuel economy in heavy stop-and-go operations. The hybrid electric system recovers the energy normally lost during braking and stores that energy in the system’s batteries. 

The M2 112 is a higher capacity vehicle that can be specified to handle gross vehicle weight ratings of up to 80,000 pounds. It is available with the Detroit Diesel DD13 diesel engine in hp ratings from 350 to 450, and with Cummins ISC and ISL engines. Transmission options also include manual and automated manuals from Eaton Fuller and Allison automatic transmissions.

The M2 112 model also can be specified to use natural gas. Available with liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks, the natural gas-powered trucks and tractors are designed for high performance in a broad range of applications. The

M2 112 Natural Gas features the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9-liter natural gas engine with ratings up to 320 hp and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.

The Freightliner Cascadia is the company’s aerodynamic tractor offering, available as a day cab for urban deliveries and regional haul as well as in sleeper configurations. The Cascadia features the Detroit Diesel DD13 in ratings up to 470 hp and 1,650 pound-feet of torque. The Detroit Diesel DD15 and DD16 or the Cummins ISX 15, in ratings up to 600 hp, also are available. Transmission selections include Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals and the Eaton Fuller UltraShift Plus and Eaton Fuller AutoShift. Allison 3000 and 4000 Series automatic transmissions can be ordered as well.




Hino offers two diesel cabover models covering Classes 4 and 5. In early 2012, Hino will add diesel-electric hybrid models to its Class 4 and 5 cabover lineup, the company says.

The Hino 155 is a Class 4 cabover model with a gvwr of 14,500 pounds. It comes standard with Hino’s inline four-cylinder J08E-TP diesel engine, rated at 210 hp, and an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission.

Size wise, next in the manufacturer’s lineup is the Hino 195, also a cabover model. It has a 19,500-pound gvwr. This Class 5 model has the same standard powertrain as the Hino 155.

Hino offers several Class 6 and 7 models, all of which are conventional models. This lineup begins with the 23,000-pound gvwr Hino 238. The standard engine is Hino’s inline six-cylinder 220-hp J08E-VC diesel. The standard transmission is an Allison six-speed automatic. Next are the Hino 258ALP (air brake low profile) and Hino 258LP (low profile) models. Both have a 25,550-pound gvwr and the same standard engine and transmission as the Hino 238. The Hino 268 and 268A (air brake) models top the company’s Class 6 offerings at 25,950 pounds gvwr. They, too, are powered by a 220-hp Hino diesel engine and six-speed Allison automatic transmission.

The conventional Class 7 model Hino 7 338 and Hino 338 CT (city tractor) are the highest load capacity models. The 338’s gvwr is 33,000 pounds. The 338 CT has a combination gvwr of 48,000 pounds. These trucks come standard with Hino’s J08E-VB 260-hp diesel engine and an Allison six-speed automatic. For improved performance, Hino increased engine torque by 12 percent to 660 pound-feet on the J08E-VB engine. 




Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) offers a lineup of Class 4 through 6 N-Series low-cab-forward (LCF) tilt-cab trucks. The lineup begins with the 14,500-pound gvwr NPR-HD. The standard engine is the Isuzu 4HK1-TC turbocharged intercooled diesel engine with 215 hp and 452 pound-feet of torque. An Aisin A465 six-speed double overdrive automatic transmission with lockup, torque convertor and PTO opening is standard. Manual transmission is optional. The NPR-HD also is available with a 297-hp V8 Vortec 6000 gasoline engine. This model has a 6L90-E Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive.

Isuzu’s gas N-Series is the only gas-powered LCF in the U.S. market. The Vortec gasoline engine is available with a CNG or LPG alternative fuel capable option.

The company’s Class 5 offering is its NQR with a 17,950-pound gvwr. The 19,500-pound gvwr NRR is the Class 6 model. Both of these vehicles have the same standard powertrain and options as the NPR-HD.

Isuzu’s cab/chassis combinations offer standard three-seat cabs or crew cabs with seating for a seven-person crew.

Isuzu’s “class-leading” diesel engines provide B-10 service life durability of 310,000 miles, according to the company. All diesel engines have better fuel efficiency than previous generation models, employ clean diesel technology and are B-20 Bio-Diesel compatible. Exclusive to Isuzu diesel-powered models is the Isuzu Diagnostic Service System (IDSS). It allows truck owners to receive a detailed health report from Isuzu dealers about vehicle performance data.

New for the 2012 model year is the Reach — a new-concept walk-in, walk-through commercial van. The body, designed and built by Utilimaster, sits on an Isuzu chassis and has a gvwr of 12,000 pounds. The Reach gets its power from an Isuzu 4JJ1-TC diesel turbocharged intercooled diesel engine with 150 hp and 282 pound-feet of torque, backed to an Aisin A460 double overdrive six-speed automatic transmission with lockup.




Kenworth’s line of conventional trucks for beverage applications begins with the Class 5 T170. It comes standard with a Paccar PX-6 6.7-liter diesel engine. An Eaton Fuller six-speed manual or Allison five-speed automatic are the transmission selections.

Next is the T270, a Class 6 model. There is the choice of a Paccar PX-6 or an 8.3-liter Paccar PX-8 diesel engine and Eaton Fuller six-, nine- and 10-speed manual; Eaton Fuller six-speed UltraShift; and Allison five- and six-speed automatic transmissions. Ratings for the Paccar PX-6 are 200 to 325 hp. The PX-8 engine has hp ratings of 260 to 350.

The Class 7 T370, which is available in both truck and tractor configurations, has the same engine and transmission offerings as the T270.

Both the T270 and T370 are offered in a diesel-electric hybrid version powered by the Paccar PX-6 engine and include an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, frame-mounted battery pack and dedicated power management system that creates a unique fuel-efficient system. In slower stop-and-go traffic, the parallel hybrid power system, developed in partnership with Eaton, acts as an electric motor utilizing power from the battery pack. The system automatically switches between the two modes of operation.

In truck, tractor and extended cab versions, the Class 7 and 8 Kenworth T440 has engine choices of the Paccar PX-8 and Cummins diesels. These can be mated to Eaton Fuller six-, nine-, 10-, 11- and 13-speed manual or Allison five- and six-speed automatic transmissions. The T440 also is available in LNG and CNG models with a Cummins Westport ISL G engine.

The T660 is an aerodynamic, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay program designated Class 8 model that comes in day cab, extended cab and sleeper cab models. SmartWay designation recognizes technologies that provide fuel saving and/or emission reduction benefits. The 12.9-liter Paccar MX diesel engine, in ratings of 380 to 485 hp, and the Cummins ISX15 and ISX11.9 diesels are the engine choices for the T660. Available transmissions are Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed AutoShifts; and Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18-speed UltraShifts.

Kenworth’s aerodynamic wide-cab T700 is another Class 8 model. It also has earned EPA SmartWay program designation. This tractor comes with a choice of the Paccar MX and Cummins ISX15 engines and the same transmission offerings as the T660.

The T800 is Kenworth’s Class 8 workhorse vehicle, available in day cab, extended day cab and sleeper cab versions. It offers the Paccar MX and Cummins ISX15 and ISX11.9 engines. Transmissions include Eaton Fuller manual nine-, 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speeds; Eaton Fuller Auto Shift 10- and 18-speeds; and UltraShift PLUS 10-, 11-, 13- and 18-speeds.

The W900 is Kenworth’s Class 8 traditional tractor, available in day cab and sleeper cab versions. Transmission offerings are Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts; and Eaton Fuller 10-, 11-, 13- and 18-speed UltraShifts. Available engines are the Paccar MX and Cummins ISX15 diesels.




Mack Trucks said the most appropriate model for beverage industry applications is its Pinnacle Series of aerodynamic conventional highway tractors. Well-suited to line-haul as well as pick and delivery operations, these tractors come in single and tandem axle in addition to axle-back or axle-forward configurations. The series is available in day cab and sleeper cab versions. Sleepers are available in 48-inch and 56-inch flat-top, 60-inch and 70-inch mid-rise or

70-inch high-rise models with the option of removing the sleeper box on the sleeper cab models.

The Pinnacle axle-forward tractors are powered by a Mack MP8 diesel engine with hp ratings from 425 to 485. Transmission options are Mack mDRIVE 12-speed automated manual transmissions; 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.

Engine choices for the Pinnacle axle-backs are the Mack MP7 in 325 to 395 hp ratings, or the Mack MP8 from 425 to 485 hp. Mack mDRIVE 12-speed automated manual transmissions; Mack six-, nine-, 10-, 13- and 18-speed manuals; Allison five- and six-speed automatics; Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; and Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts and UltraShifts are the transmission offerings. 

Mack Trucks offers special components for Pinnacle Axle Back Sleepers as part of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership. Proven to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions of greenhouse gases, Pinnacle tractors built with the following components can be designated as certified SmartWay tractors: full-roof fairings and side shields, cab side extenders, aerodynamic front bumpers, aerodynamic exterior mirrors, chassis fairings, low-rolling resistance tires and idle-free or “key-off” HVAC systems.




Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) introduced its new line of cabover Canter FE and FG Series trucks for 2012. This is the most extensive redesign the company has undertaken in seven years, it said. Bringing the name Canter to the North American models for the first time, MFTA is applying its long-standing global branding to the trucks sold in North America.

The entire 2012 model lineup has enhancements and upgrades to provide robust performance while delivering enhanced fuel economy. These include an advanced powertrain; refined frame that makes body attachment easier while increasing available payload; improved handling, durability, comfort and aesthetics; and extended service intervals of 18,000 miles.

The Canter FE160 is a Class 4 model with a gvwr of 15,995 pounds. It has a standard four-cylinder four-stroke cycle water-cooled turbocharged intercooled 161-hp 3-liter DOHC diesel engine combined with a Mitsubishi Fuso Duonic six-speed overdrive transmission. The Duonic transmission is a dual-wet-clutch automated manual, which is the only one available in a medium-duty commercial truck, the company says. The FE160 also is available in seven passenger crew cab version, the Canter FE160CC.

At 17,995 gvwr, the FE180’s payload capacity is the largest in the Canter lineup. This truck model has the same powertrain as the FE160.

Last year, MFTA announced it will concentrate on Class 3 to 5 vehicles and is discontinuing its heavier-duty FK and FM models.




Navistar produces International brand medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. With its MaxxForce diesel engines, it is the only heavy-duty truck company to offer an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) solution for EPA 2010 diesels. All others have gone with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in addition to their EGR systems.

Navistar’s medium-duty models include the Class 4/5 International TerraStar and the Class 6/7 International DuraStar. The TerraStar comes standard with a 300 hp MaxxForce and an Allison five-speed automatic. Navistar said the TerraStar features 80,000 psi frame rails that rank best-in-class; has the largest cab in its class with 30 percent more room than its leading competitor; and best-in-class visibility at 38 percent better than the leading competitor.

The DuraStar is available with MaxxForce 7, MaxxForce 9 and MaxxForce DT diesel engines, with a wide range of hp options. Transmission selections include Eaton-Fuller five-, six- and 10-speed manuals; TTC six-plus manual; Eaton UltraShift five- and six-speed automated manuals; Allison 1000, 2000 and 3000 Series (HS, EVS, RDS) automatics; and Allison 3000 TRV Series automatics.

The DuraStar also is offered in a hybrid model that uses a diesel hybrid electric system. The key to this powertrain’s efficiency is the Hybrid Drive Unit (HDU). While braking, torque passing through the transmission turns the generator in the HDU to recharge the battery. Then, when pulling away, the truck uses the torque created by the electric motor to get the vehicle moving. Once up to speed, the MaxxForce DT engine, in ratings of 215 to 260 hp, takes over.

Navistar’s heavy-duty (Class 8) conventional tractors suited to the beverage industry include the International TranStar and International ProStar+. The International TranStar has “superior handling and maneuverability” due to its set-back axle and 50-degree wheel cut. It comes in single- and tandem-axle day cab versions and offers “the shortest BBC in the industry at 107 inches for a tight turning radius up to 12 feet better than any tractor in its class. Plus, the truck’s panoramic front windshield and dramatically sloped hood offer a commanding view of the road that all but eliminates blind spots,” according to the company.

The model is powered by the big bore MaxxForce 11, with up to 390 hp and 1,450 pound-feet of torque, or the MaxxForce 13, with up to 430 hp and 1,700 pound-feet of torque. Transmission selections include Eaton-Fuller seven-, 10- and 13-speed manuals; Eaton-Fuller UltraShift Plus 10- and 13-speed automated manuals; and Allison 4000 Series (HS) automatics.

International’s ProStar+ also is an aerodynamic tractor that comes as a day cab or sleeper cab. It has earned EPA SmartWay program certification. The ProStar+ features a wide-track front axle for a tighter turning radius and better maneuverability, making it easier to negotiate city streets and loading docks, the company said. The ProStar+ is available with the MaxxForce 11, up to 390 hp and 1,450 pound-feet of torque; MaxxForce 13, up to 475 hp and 1,700 pound-feet of torque; or MaxxForce 15, up to 500 hp and 1,850 pound-feet of torque, big bore engines.

Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller 10- and 18-speed AutoShifts; and Eaton Fuller UltraShift PLUS 10-, 13- and 18-speed automated manuals are the available transmissions.




The Peterbilt Model 210 is a cabover Class 6 straight truck with a gvwr of 26,000 pounds. It comes standard with a 220-hp Paccar PX-6 engine and an Allison automatic transmission. Also a cabover is the Model 220, which is available in Class 6 and 7 truck configurations. It, too, comes standard with a 220-hp PX-6 and an Allison automatic.

The Class 5 Model 325 is a conventional truck powered by a PX-6 from 200 to 300 hp. An Eaton Fuller six-speed manual transmission is standard. An Allison five- or six-speed automatic is optional.

The Peterbilt Model 330 is a Class 6 conventional truck that can be configured for non-commercial driver’s license operation. It has a PX-6 diesel in hp ratings from 200 to 325 and the choice of a Fuller six-speed manual, Fuller UltraShift Plus HV Series six-speed or Allison four-, five- or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Model 330 also is available in a hybrid electric (HE) version that uses the Eaton parallel hybrid system with an electric motor that assists the diesel engine with supplemental torque for improved fuel economy. The system stores energy during stopping through a process called regenerative braking and then reuses it to launch and accelerate the vehicle.

The Class 6/7 Model 337 comes in truck and tractor configurations as well. Engine options are the PX-6 diesel from 200 to 325 hp or the Paccar PX-8 from 260 to 380 hp. For transmissions, the choices are Eaton Fuller six-, nine-, 10- and 11-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller UltraShift Plus HV Series six-speeds; or Allison four-, five- or six-speed automatics.

Peterbilt has a number of Class 8 vehicles suited to the beverage industry, starting with the Model 382, a lightweight, aerodynamic day cab tractor intended for regional haul applications. It comes in single- and tandem-axle configurations. This tractor is powered by the Cummins ISL9 engine, in ratings from 345 to 380 hp, and has a choice of Eaton Fuller 10-, 11-, 13- or 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller 10-, 11-, 13- or 18-speed automated; or Allison four-, five- or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Model 384, which also is a day cab tractor, is suited for tanker, regional, pickup and delivery, and short-haul applications. It is offered with single- and tandem-drive axles and can be ordered with a detachable Unibilt sleeper. Engine choices are the Paccar MX from 380 to 485 hp; Cummins ISL9; Cummins ISX 11.9 from 310 to 425 hp; or the 320-hp Cummins ISL G natural gas engine in two platforms: CNG and LNG. The Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- or 18-speed UltraShift Plus; and Allison four-, five- and six-speed automatics are the available transmissions.

Peterbilt’s day cab Model 386 tractor, ideal for regional and pickup and delivery operations, is available in single- and tandem-drive axle versions with a detachable 36-, 48-,  63- or 70-inch sleeper. Engine selections are the Paccar MX in 380 to 485 hp, and the Cummins ISX15 in ratings from 400 to 600 hp. Transmission selections are Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 13-, 15- or 18-speed manuals and Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- or 18-speed UltraShift Plus.

The Model 386 also comes in an LNG version. The Model 386 LNG runs on a 15-liter, 475-hp Westport GX engine that uses high pressure direct injection technology (HPDI), specialized cryogenic fuel tanks and associated electronic components to “facilitate robust performance and reliable operation.” This truck is the industry’s first EPA SmartWay designated alternative fuel vehicle, Peterbilt said.

Model 388 and Model 389 are Peterbilt’s traditionally styled vehicles, but with aerodynamic enhancements. They can be ordered in single- or tandem-drive axle versions. The Model 388 can be purchased as a day cab or with detachable Unibilt sleepers. The Model 389 comes with a range of sleeper sizes.

The Paccar MX and the Cummins ISX 15 are the engine choices for the Model 389. The Paccar MX, Cummins ISX 11.9 and Cummins ISX 15 are available for the Model 388. Transmission options for both tractors are Eaton Fuller nine-, 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals and Eaton Fuller 10-, 13- and 18- speed UltraShift Plus.




Formerly Nissan Diesel, UD Trucks’ lineup of cabover vehicles starts with the UD1800 rated at 17,995 pounds gvwr. Moving up to a gvwr of 19,500 pounds is the UD2000. Next up is the 23,000-pound gvwr UD2300, available in dock height and low profile versions. All four of these models come standard with a 245-hp GH7 6-liter turbocharged intercooled inline six-cylinder direct-injection diesel engine and MLS63B six-speed manual transmission. An Allison RDS five-speed automatic is an optional transmission.

The UD2600 has a load capacity of 25,995 pounds gvwr and also comes in a low profile model, the UD2600LP. These models have the same standard engine and transmissions as the lower gvwr models, but also have the option for a 280-hp engine. Allison RDS five- or six-speed automatic transmissions are optional.

UD Truck’s UD3300 has the heaviest payload capacity with a gvwr of 32,900 pounds. It also has the 245-hp GH7 6-liter diesel as standard, but the engine can be upgraded to a 280-hp version. Transmission selections are the same as those for the UD2600s.




Volvo Trucks offers a lineup of aerodynamic conventional tractors that fit a range of beverage applications.

The VNL 300 and VNM 200 are day cab models designed for regional bulk and specialty hauling. The models can be equipped with Volvo D11, D13 or D16 engines with ratings from 325 to 550 hp and available in straight, Eco-Torque or Dual Torque rating personalities. The Cummins ISX15 Smart Torque diesel from 400 to 550 hp also may be specified. The models have a variety of available transmission options, including the Volvo I-Shift, a two-pedal, automated mechanical transmission; Eaton Fuller manuals, AutoShifts and UltraShifts; and Allison automatics.

Volvo’s mid- and long-hood 430 models, the VNL 430 and VNM 430, are intended for regional routes that might require spending only a night or two on the road. These models can be ordered with the same engine and transmission options as the VNL 300 and VNM 200.

Volvo Trucks’ VN 630 is a 61-inch mid-height roof sleeper tractor. It, too, is available with the same engine and transmission options, including the Volvo D13 Dual-Torque and Eco-Torque diesels.

Next comes the VN 670, a long-hood 61-inch high-roof sleeper; the VN 730, a premium 77-inch mid-roof long-hood sleeper; and the VN 780 long-hood raised-roof sleeper. Designed as a long-haul truck, the VN 780 is the flagship model of Volvo Trucks’ VN line. The VN 670, VN 730 and VN 780 each come with the same engine and transmission offerings as the VN 630.




Western Star said its most appropriate trucks for beverage applications are its 4800 and 4900 models. They are available as trucks or tractors in day cab or sleeper configurations. The standard engine in the 4800 is the Detroit Diesel DD13 with hp ratings from 350 to 450. The 4900 is available with the Detroit Diesel DD13, DD15, DD16 and Cummins ISX with hp ratings from 350 to

600 hp. Transmission choices include Eaton Fuller seven-, 10-, 11-, 13-, 15- and 18-speed manuals; Eaton Fuller AutoShifts and UltraShifts; and Allison automatics.

The 4800 and 4900 are both offered in set-forward and set-back axle configurations, and are available with 34-, 40-, 54- and 68-inch sleeper lengths with ultra-low, low, high and ultra-high roof heights. The 4900 also is available with an 82-inch sleeper.