New Cab or Not?

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It was an ob­vi­ous ques­tion: When will the T909 get the 2.1-me­trewide cab fit­ted to Ken­worth’s new T610?

With a shrewd smile, Brad May an­swered sim­ply, “Not sure re­ally, but I can tell you it def­i­nitely won’t be to­mor­row or any­time soon.”

The T9’s cur­rent 1.83-me­tre-wide cab dates back to the orig­i­nal T600 from the mid-1980s, so it seems fair to as­sume that given the big in­vest­ment in the T610, the new cab will be even­tu­ally used across Ken­worth’s con­ven­tional range.

“Right now, there’s no press­ing de­mand for the wider cab on the T9,” Brad con­tin­ued, “but over the next few years we will sound the mar­ket out and see what ap­petite there is for it.

“In the mean­time, we’ll let the wide cab con­tinue to es­tab­lish it­self in the T610 and per­haps some other mod­els.”

While he wouldn’t be drawn on ‘other mod­els’, the next truck with the wide cab will al­most cer­tainly be a T410.

“What­ever hap­pens, it has to be the right prod­uct for cus­tomers,” Brad com­mented. “Change is not al­ways read­ily ac­cepted or sought by truck buyers but that said, once ad­van­tages of a par­tic­u­lar prod­uct are es­tab­lished – be it a wider cab or what­ever – it nor­mally doesn’t take long to see a change in think­ing.

“I have no doubt the wider cab on the T9 will come. When? Five years, maybe!” he said with shrug.

In other words, don’t hold your breath.

Ken­worth T610: The model’s 2.1-me­trewide cab won’t be find­ing a home on the T9 chas­sis any­time soon

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