In a big country with big distances to cover and big loads to haul, you need the right tool for the job. In this, Kenworth has proved its worth, recently delivering its 40,000th Australian-designed and manufactured truck from the company's Bayswater plant in Melbourne.
Kenworth is the only Australian manufacturer with the design capability, technical expertise and resources to tailor its products specifically for the unique demands of the Australian market.
The Kenworth brand was introduced here in 1962 with manufacturing starting in Austrialia in 1971. Joe Rizzo, Managing Director of PACCAR Australia, Kenworth’s parent company, said of Kenworth’s unique capabilities, “Our trucks are designed to satisfy these unique needs, such as higher cooling capacities to handle the heavier weights and hotter conditions, more robust construction to manage the roughest roads, and a design philosophy that recognizes the importance of cost-effective maintenance and, above all, reliability,” he said.
The milestone T608 prime mover will be joining the fleet of Kalari Transport, a long time Kenworth customer. “We’re very honoured to receive this landmark vehicle,” Bill Rothery, Chairman and CEO of John Swire & Sons, owners of Kalari Transport said. “We’ve enjoyed a long association with Kenworth. We see it as a real partnership – something we hope to continue for many more years.”
The new Kenworth will be put to use along the east coast running from Melbourne to Brisbane, Melbourne to Adelaide and Sydney to Melbourne. The T608 has been configured as a B-double pneumatic tanker to carry various materials such as powdered plastic, feldspar, sand, limestone and fly ash.
The truck is powered by a Cummins Signature engine, producing 432 kW (580 hp) and 2505 Nm of torque (1850 lb/ft) It features an 18-speed Fuller RTLO20918B manual transmission, Meritor RT46-160 rear axles, Kenworth Airglide 460 suspension and a 36-inch integrated sleeper.
After establishing Australian production in 1971, Kenworth had reached 20,000 units by 2001, a dramatic increase in local truck production since then has seen the 40,000 unit mark reached just eight years later.
Australian-built Kenworth trucks are also exported to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. PACCAR is also responsible for the production of the Peterbuilt and DAF nameplates, as well as parts distribution and financial services tailored to the heavy haulage industry.