February 10, 2013
The Hino 195H and the Kenworth T680 were named the medium- and heavy-duty trucks of the year Sunday at the ATD Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla.
The trucks were selected from a field of five medium-duty trucks and four heavy-duty trucks. A five-member panel of journalists evaluated the trucks at ADESA Las Vegas last October. The judging categories included innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.
Excellent comfort and drivability, including easy shifting and simple gauges and controls were the highlights of the T680, the judges note.
“I’d like to thank ATD and the independent. journalists that judged this contest,” says Gary Moore, general manager at Kenworth. “This a great award for PACCAR and everyone in our team.”
He adds, “I’d like to thank the Kenworth dealer network for everything they do every day to help our customers.”
The judges highlighted the Hino’s interior comfort, great visibility and smooth driving style in its selection, Hino’s third in four years.
“This award brings great pride to our entire Hino team,” says Robert McDowell, Hino senior vice president, sales and customer support. ”We are honored by this award.”
Other trucks nominated for the medium-duty truck award were the Ford F-650, Isuzu Reach Commercial Van and the Peterbilt Model 337 Extended Day Cab. Heavy-duty truck nominees included Cascadia Evolution equipped with Detroit D12 transmission, Peterbilt Model 579 and Western Star 4700SF.
Our sister site, Overdrive, took the winning Kenworth model for a test drive last summer. Click here to read their account.