Ken­worth T610

It’s the make’s most de­tailed and ex­pen­sive new model de­vel­op­ment pro­gram

Australian Transport News - - Contents - WORDS STEVE BROOKS

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

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