Mod­ern look for old mas­ter

Ken­worth has a stylish up­grade, writes James Stan­ford

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

KEN­WORTH has over­hauled its range with bold styling changes, cleaner en­gines and in­te­rior up­grades.

The heavy-duty Aus­tralian sales cham­pion will re­veal its 2011 range at the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame re­union in Alice Springs to­day.

Big Wheels and In­no­va­tion, In­dus­try, Sci­ence and Re­search Min­is­ter Kim Carr vis­ited Pac­car’s Bayswa­ter Ken­worth fac­tory last week to see the trucks tak­ing shape.

Ken­worth started work­ing on its 2011 range of trucks more than two years ago with an em­pha­sis on mak­ing them com­ply with the ADR 80/03 emis­sions stan­dard that comes in on Jan­uary 1.

Pac­car sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Had­jikakou says: ‘‘The need to change for 2011 was ini­tially driven by new emis­sion stan­dards, it also al­lowed us to fur­ther re­fine and en­hance many other as­pects of the range in line with our own re­search and devel­op­ment and feed­back from our broad cus­tomer base.’’

Styling is a key part of the 2011 pro­gram. The aero­dy­namic mod­els, in­clud­ing the T403, T409 and T609, as well as the K200 cab-over, have all been given styling up­grades.

It was easy to spot the dif­fer­ences be­tween the old and the new when Ken­worth parked a T403 nose to nose with the pre­vi­ous­gen­er­a­tion T402.

The most no­tice­able el­e­ment for the bon­neted aero mod­els was the big­ger and bolder grille with a thick chrome cen­tre strip and sur­round.

Then there were the swept-back head­lights, the con­toured en­gine com­part­ment and bolder wheel arches.

Ken­worth has also added stylish air vents to the sides of the bon­net. All 2011 mod­els get new ta­pered front un­der-run pro­tec­tion bumpers.

Ken­worth says the bumper de­sign pushes more air into the grille for bet­ter cool­ing.

The tough T409 SAR work­horse re­tains the same rugged styling as be­fore, as do the T359, T609, T909 and C509.

Ken­worth has also made sev­eral changes to make life eas­ier for driv­ers.

The Del­phi heater, ven­ti­la­tion and air­con­di­tion­ing unit al­ready fit­ted to the cab-over has now been added across the con­ven­tional model range.

It fea­tures a ser­vice­able fil­tra­tion sys­tem to keep out dust.

Ken­worth has fit­ted new doors with new han­dles, elec­tric win­dows and cen­tral lock­ing. There are wider padded arm­rests that fea­ture in­te­grated win­dow and mir­ror con­trols.

All of the new Ken­worth mod­els will meet the ADR 80/03 emis­sion stan­dards thanks to a mix­ture of cooled ex­haust-gas re­cir­cu­la­tion and a par­tic­u­late fil­ter on most mod­els, plus se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion on its smaller T3 model.

Aero­dy­namic: the Ken­worth T403 (above) and In­no­va­tion, In­dus­try, Sci­ence and Re­search Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Kim Carr with Pac­car Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joe Rizzo (left).

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