It’s almost fifty years since the first Australian-made Kenworth rolled off the production line at the Bayswater plant in March 1971. It was a defining moment for Kenworth and the future of the Australian road transport industry. Almost five decades later, Kenworth is launching two new additions to its product range.
Kenworth has taken the features of the new 2.1m wide cab, launched in December 2016 in the T610, and applied them and more to the all-new T360 and T410. With their own distinct styles, the T360 and T410 again prove Kenworth’s ability to develop and deliver trucks that best fit local applications, exceeding the needs of its customers with versatile, reliable and productive solutions.
“Development of the T360 and T410 has been underway for the past 18 months and started when the T610 with its 2.1m wide cab was launched. Further developments to the new platform allowed us to refine and enhance many key elements in-line with our own research and development, as well as incorporating input and feedback from our broad customer base,” said Brad May, Director Sales and Marketing, PACCAR Australia.
“Consultation with, and involvement from our customers is on-going and they have been an integral part of our test program to make sure the new products meet their needs for their specific applications,” Brad added.
“As with all new Kenworth developments, the testing and validation process is extensive and involves both virtual simulation and in-field testing covering thousands of kilometres over an extended period of time.
“Feedback from customers with prototype T360 and T410 models has been extremely positive. Of paramount importance in delivering a new range is the need to maintain the exceptional performance, quality, durability and productivity for which Kenworth is renowned. In combination with in-house design validation, the data and information gained from the real-world testing with customers in the Australian environment has delivered these outstanding new products,” Brad said.
The new models feature a wide range of important enhancements – from improvements in visibility, application flexibility through shorter bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) length, better performance and driveability. New exterior and interior styling, improved safety features and a range of available options, optimise the trucks for any application.
The goal of the T360 and T410 was to take the very best of Kenworth’s capability in their intended applications and provide ever greater levels of safety, versatility, performance and quality to provide exceptional owner and driver appeal. The commitment to ongoing local research, design and engineering capability is what stands Kenworth apart from the rest. The extensive testing, innovation and application-engineering behind every Kenworth truck delivers real peace of mind on the road.
NZ Truck and Driver will reveal more soon.
Posted on Thursday 9th May 2019
KENWORTH LAUNCHES THE T360 AND T410
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