The American Truck Dealers (ATD) named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 Engine as the 2015 Truck of the Year. The award was announced at the ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco CA. Other finalists included the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567.
This year’s competition focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe duty truck category. During the competition, a panel of judges conducted test drives and evaluated each truck entry in key categories, which included innovation, design, safety, driver ergonomics, and comfort.
“The Kenworth T880 establishes a new standard of excellence and builds upon Kenworth’s heritage of quality, innovation and technology to produce industry-leading, rugged and reliable vocational trucks,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth general manager. “This 2015 ATD Truck of the Year award reflects the many positive comments we have received from our customers about the T880’s outstanding performance, driver comfort and quiet cab.”
Available in daycab and 52-inch sleeper configurations, the Kenworth T880 is for vocational customers who require a durable, reliable and productive truck for demanding dump, mixer, heavy haul, oilfield, logging, and refuse applications. Customers can expect longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and high resale value.
The T880 is standard with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 500 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque. The PACCAR MX-13 provides a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine for vocational applications, including dumps and heavy haul applications over 100,000 pounds. The T880 can be ordered with a 116.5-inch BBC hood optimized for the PACCAR MX-13 engine and providing enhanced visibility, or with the standard 122.5-inch BBC hood.
The 2.1-meter-wide, stamped aluminum cab is robotically assembled at Kenworth factories. It has triple-sealed and robust doors and provides a comfortable 23 inches of room between the seats. The T880 also includes an air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, and lightweight, factory-installed lift axles.
Kenworth also earned the 2013 and 2011 ATD Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year awards for its T680 and T700 models, respectively.