Across the Ages

Deals on Wheels - - New Truck Review -

Ken­worth says its dis­play at the Bris­bane Truck Show of the new T610 and the first of its Leg­end 900 trucks high­lights the brand’s broad ap­peal to a ded­i­cated mar­ket.

The T610 is the big­gest new model de­vel­op­ment from Ken­worth in 30 years whereas the Leg­end 900 is the re-cre­ation of a model first in­tro­duced 26 years ago.

“There is an irony in that,” says Brad

May. “It’s some­thing we dis­cussed at length, whether or not it was a con­flict­ing mes­sage, but we recog­nised there’s a por­tion of buy­ers who are very much at­tached to the past.

“They’re pos­si­bly, and prob­a­bly, the same peo­ple who will buy T610 for their busi­ness but may also buy a Leg­end 900 as a source of pride in where they’ve come from and what they’ve achieved.”

Op­er­a­tor response to both mod­els has been ex­cep­tional, with May com­ment­ing, “On one hand we’re show­ing peo­ple new tech­nol­ogy and on the other re­mind­ing peo­ple of our shared his­to­ries. But I don’t want any­one to think the 900 is an old truck. From the chas­sis to the en­gine and driv­e­line, it’s as rel­e­vant and mod­ern as any truck we now pro­duce, so it is by no means just a tro­phy truck.”

Crit­i­cally, with a Cum­mins X15 under the hood, the Leg­end 900 has the same cool­ing ca­pac­ity as the T909, mak­ing it ca­pa­ble of do­ing the same work, from truck and dog du­ties to heavy-duty road­train roles.

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