CATto prowl high­ways

A large grille adds a thrill to CAT’s first high­way truck, writes James Stan­ford

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CAT trucks will fi­nally go on sale late this month. The joint ven­ture be­tween Cater­pil­lar and Nav­is­tar, called NC2, is launch­ing the first on-high­way CAT truck in Aus­tralia.

The Cater­pil­lar fac­tory in Tul­la­ma­rine, which had been used to build earth­mov­ing equip­ment, was con­verted into an assem­bly line for the new CAT trucks.

NC2 won’t dis­close a fig­ure, but de­scribes this con­ver­sion as a ‘‘multi-mil­lion-dol­lar’’ in­vest­ment.

All truck parts ar­rive from the US in com­pletely knocked down kits for assem­bly.

It will of­fer two trucks, the CT610 and CT630, run­ning the Acert C13 and C15 en­gines that won’t be able to be pro­duced next year as they don’t pass the new ADR80/03 emis­sion stan­dard.

CAT can sell these trucks for as long as it likes, as long as the ve­hi­cles are built and plated be­fore De­cem­ber 31.

CAT won’t dis­cuss its en­gine plans other than to say it will adopt en­gines that run EGR and that is likely to oc­cur in 2012. The new CT trucks are largely based on Nav­is­tar mod­els on sale in the US. The CT610 is re­lated to the Trans­tar and the CT630 is a twin of the Prostar.

As our ex­clu­sive photo re­veals, it is an at­trac­tive truck with lots of chrome and a large grille with a prom­i­nent CAT logo.

NC2 sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Jeff Tyzack, says the com­pany has achieved a lot in a short time.

‘‘We are proud that the world’s first on-road CAT trucks are be­ing launched in Aus­tralia,,’’ he says.

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