A QUESTION OF CAB-OVERS
For now, and perhaps many years to come, Kenworth’s K-series cab-over won’t be going anywhere. Now the only US cab-over on the Australian market, ongoing success seems more assured than ever.
In fact, and despite its absence from the US market for several decades, the K-series in its super-successful K200 configuration remains the premier model for the premier brand in Australia’s linehaul freight industry.
The way things are today, it would be commercial suicide to replace it with, say, DAF’s XF105. But these are changing times and there’s no escaping the fact that DAF is Paccar Inc’s global cab-over platform and for that reason alone, any form of cab-over development outside Australia will be centred entirely on DAF. Not Kenworth!
So, when it comes to the seemingly ageless K-series, Paccar Australia is well and truly on its own.
Fortunately, the skill of local engineers and the production versatility of the Bayswater manufacturing facility will, as they have for decades past, continue to not just keep K-series alive, but keep it alive and well and prosperous.
But as sure as the sun rises and sets, the day will come when, despite all the groans and gripes of K-series fans across the length and breadth of the country, economic and production viabilities will conspire with engineering evolution and technological innovation, and maybe even corporate idealism, to end the life of one of the most enduring models to ever grace heavy-duty road transport, anywhere.
Ultimately, the only cab-over successor for Paccar Australia is DAF.
But don’t hold your breath. It could be a while!
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