It’s the make’s most detailed and expensive new model development program
I n February 2017, a dramatically different Kenworth conventional will start rolling down the Bayswater production line. It’s called the T610 and, in the 40 years and more since Paccar fi rst started building Kenworths at Bayswater, there has been nothing like it.
Sure, the fi rst T600s in the mid80s revolutionised the world of conventional truck design and changed the face, literally and physically, of Kenworth for decades to come. But in the 30 years since then, the actual structure of Kenworth conventionals with their 1.83m-wide cab has changed very little. Until now!
In fact, when it comes to the time and money spent on local development of a single model for the Australian market, senior Kenworth insiders say there is nothing in Kenworth’s Australian history to even remotely match the investment made in the T610 with a cab that is 2.1m wide and provides major gains in operational appeal.
Word has it that by the time trucks start rolling out of the renowned Bayswater facility, around $ 20 million will have been spent on a long- term project that effectively grew from the conceptual possibilities provided by current Kenworth and Peterbilt models in the US. The end result is an entirely new conventional truck engineered and built to the specifi c requirements of Australia and surrounding regions.
Of course, most of us have heard Kenworth’s homegrown spiel many times but, in the case of the T610, it arguably carries more clout now than ever before.
Some perspective on the extent of