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New lightweight sleeper from Kenworth

KW lightweight t680Operating a lightweight vehicle is a ‘must-have’ for many over-the-road operators in the trucking industry, especially in LTL and regional haul applications.

To address that need, Kenworth Truck Company announces the availability of a lightweight configuration for the Kenworth T680 52-in. mid-roof sleeper.

“We exhibited a lightweight spec’d Kenworth T680 52-in. sleeper at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, and truck operators were very impressed to find that the scale weight of that truck was close to 15,000 lbs. The positive response demonstrated that there’s a definite place in the market for this type of lightweight chassis configuration,” says Brett VanVoorhis, Kenworth on-highway marketing manager.

Key weight-reducing components are the 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine, Eaton Fuller Advantage series transmission, Kenworth AG380 suspension, MX optimized hood (119-in. BBC), 6×2 drive axle, rear wide-base single tires, aluminum rear wheels, air disc brakes, and aluminum fifth wheel.

“These weight-savings features for the T680 52-in. mid-roof sleeper offer an excellent opportunity for truck buyers to spec light and increase payload, while operating a quality Kenworth truck with excellent driver comfort in the 2.1-meter wide cab and sleeper,” says VanVoorhis.

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