Kenworth T680

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:14

The Kenworth T680 sets the bar high in the heavy duty sector. Its flowing lines have been tenderly honed through an exhaustive design process that culminates in ideal airflow efficiency. The brand’s owner, Paccar, states that the craftsmanship that went into the T680 establishes a new standard, as its aerodynamics are improved by 10% compared to previous models. This is achieved by incorporating longer side extenders for the T680 76-inch (1.93m) sleeper, lower cab fairing extenders, aerodynamic mud flaps, and exhaust cut-out covers. The heavy duty OEM’s 50-year tradition in Mexico has been focused on operational efficiency, which is reflected in the T680 featuring a special aerodynamic package along with the optimized powertrain combination of the PACCAR MX-13 engine or the Cummins ISX15 engine integrated with the Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission. The PACCAR MX-13 engine promises cost savings of US$4,000 per vehicle and a fuel efficiency gain of 8% over the next best competitor. This is sure to resonate deeply with fleet and owner operators that are looking to save money on fuel costs.

Paccar feels that what sets the T680 apart from its competition is that during its design process, operators were consulted to evaluate the characteristics to be included in the unit. The interior design systems bring together a sense of control with ergonomic comfort. The sleeper stands out because it offers a spacious and modern interior with homely amenities that bring an enhanced sense of ease. The T680 comes with Kenworth NaviPlus, a navigation system that presents cutting-edge telematics, diagnostics, communication, and entertainment in a high resolution 7-inch color screen. NaviPlus also provides wireless, hands-free telephone services. The T680 is designed to maximize performance in regional and line hauling, pickup, and delivery operations. The storage capacity has been increased by 65%, and noise reduction reaches 40%, and its windshield is 50% bigger than comparable models, providing enhanced aerodynamics. Kenworth’s manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Baja California, will supervise its manufacturing, with 300 units to be produced in 2014 for the local market.