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