Across the Ages

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

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

“There is an irony in that,” says Pac­car Aus­tralia sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor 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. “And why shouldn’t they?” Op­er­a­tor re­sponse to both mod­els has been ex­cep­tional, with Brad 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,” he in­sists.

“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.

“In ev­ery sense it’s a mod­ern work­ing truck, just liv­er­ied in a way that sim­ply re­minds peo­ple of the past.”

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

“That’s the great at­tribute of the X15. Be­ing an SCR en­gine, it doesn’t put any­where near the same cool­ing de­mand on a truck as the EGR en­gine did,” he con­cludes.

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