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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!

ABOVE: The Ken­worth K200: Pin­na­cle of K-se­ries evo­lu­tion

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