Kevin Baney, Kenworth's chief engineer, said the new K270/K370 cabover medium duty model features a new exterior and interior.
The new interior of the K270/370 model is touted to be more "ergonomic" for drivers, said Baney.
A new more optimized dashboard allows for better location of HVAC and master vehicle controls. In the background you can see Fleet Owner's Editor in Chief Jim Mele (on the right) talking with Kenworth Assistant GM Preston Feight.
Wider mounts for a larger cooling system is the main reason behind the revamped K270/370 exterior.
The new K270/370 models are expected to go on sale this summer.
Baney noted that the special T680 "Advantage" fuel economy spec showed off last year is now in full production as of the first week of March 2014.
Special factory-installed fairings provide a 1% fuel economy boost to the T680 "Advantage" model.
Low bumper fairings and wheel space fairings help reduce drag.
Special tractor-trailer gap fairings further reduce the impact of drag.
Kenworth showed off its special paint schemes for its trucks at the Mid America show: The T680 "Advantage" model in the background for example is "shamrock green."
Floor displays allowed Mid America attendees to get an up close look at the interior design features of the T680.
This T680 52-inch sleeper is what Kenworth dubs a "lightweight spec" model. At 14,800 lbs. GVW, it sports a shorter hood, single 100 gal. fuel tank and 21 gal. DEF tank, aluminum 5th wheel, and wide-base tires.
The bigger T680 76-inch sleeper model weighs in at 17,700 lbs. GVW and can be equipped with twin 150 gal. fuel tanks plus a big 50 to 75 gal. DEF tank
This "surf blue" colored T880 is configured as a flatbed for hauling lumber. The T680 and T880 models now represent 50% of what Kenworth is building on its production lines today, the OEM said.
This surf blue T880 is configured as a dump truck.
This T680 tractor is configured to run on CNG, with CNG storage cylinders stacked in a special compartment behind the cab. Production of such natural gas powered T680 models begins later in the second half of 2014, Kenworth said.
An picture of the T680 interior.
This conventional T270 medium-duty model is painted 'speed orange.'
Kenworth GM Gary Moore said the OEM predicts 014 Class 8 volume should range between 210,000 and 240,000 units -- the third highest total ever -- with sales of medium duty trucks ranging between 65,000 and 70,000 units in 2014.
Kenworth showed off a wide array of its models at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, including an updated K270/K370 medium-duty cabover and its production-line ready T680 "Advantage" package, which went on sale in the first week of March this year.
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