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AUSTRALIA & NORTH AMERICA

Caterpillar set to enter the competitive

Caterpillar set to enter the competitive
highway truck market

For many years, Caterpillar was a major of highway truck industry engines prior to pulling out of the market for, what was reported at the time, to be problems with ACERT engine technology. However, Contractors World is not aware of any company confirmation that this was the reason.

It was obvious that, having worked in this sector, and being a leading engine manufacturer, the company realised the potential that it provided so it was only a matter of time before they re-entered. At that time little thought was given to the method of re-entry. Few envisaged the major step that they have recently announced. First to the Australian market, a prime proving ground for demanding highway transportation applications and next year in the USA.

Announced at Australian commercial truck show

It was at the Australia commercial truck show held in Melbourne earlier this year that it was revealed that Caterpillar, together with the partners, Navistar, under joint-name of NC2 were to take a major step into the very large, but highly competitive highways truck business with the introduction of Class 8 models.

Caterpillar has announced its intention to unveil the first model in its full line of Cat highway trucks, the Cat CT660 to the USA market in Las Vegas at the ConExpo trade show in March 2011. The Class 8 trucks will be sold and serviced exclusively through the Cat North American Dealer network, with production beginning after CONEXPO for customer delivery later in the year.

At this time there are few indications of what the trucks will look like for North America, although the trucks have just been released on to the Australian market must be indicative. It is almost certain that pre-production models will already be under evaluation on the interstates in the USA. However, if the motor industry is any indication, any prototypes will be heavily camouflaged. With the Australian operation emphasizing that the new trucks have been designed for Australians, it could be inferred that the design for the USA will be slightly different.

First-ever Cat On-Road Trucks launched

The first-ever Cat on-highway trucks - Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 - received an enthusiastic response from more than 300 people in attendance at a launch event in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia.

The new products – the Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 – were developed by NC2, the joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar. The trucks are being assembled in Tullamarine, Victoria and will be sold through a newly formed Australian network composed of select Cat dealers.

“These ground breaking new on-highway Cat trucks demonstrate the unique value proposition that NC2 is delivering to the global truck marketplace,” said Al Saltiel, president of NC2. “We are proud to be bringing these new trucks to Australia, leveraging the potent combination of Navistar’s truck manufacturing expertise and Caterpillar’s powerful global network.”

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The new products – the Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 – were developed by NC2, the joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar.

 

 

 

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