The first-ever Cat on-highway trucks received an enthusiastic response from the 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 groundbreaking 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.”
“The launch of these trucks opens a new chapter in the history of Cat products,” said George Taylor, General Manager of Caterpillar’s Global On-Highway Division. “For the first time ever, the power of the Cat brand is being delivered in on-highway vehicles.”
Jeff Tyzack, General Manager, Sales and Marketing for NC2 Australia, provided an overview of the two new products, which are both conventional prime movers and are available in day-cab and extended-cab options:
The Cat CT610 is powered by the 470-hp Cat C13 engine. With a bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) measurement of 2.72 metres, it is targeted to 19-metre applications and has a capacity of up to 57 tonnes.
The Cat CT630 is powered by the 550-hp Cat C15 engine. With a BBC measurement of 3.10 metres, it is suitable for B-double on-highway roadtrain applications and is available in both 72-tonne and 90-tonne options.
“The Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 vehicles are designed to address Australian customers’ requirements in a number of important ways,” Tyzack continued. “These products are powered by Cat engines, which have a legendary reputation for reliability, durability and fuel economy. The trucks offer best-in-class fuel economy, unparalleled driver satisfaction, unprecedented uptime and will deliver low cost of ownership. And they are backed by an unsurpassed dealer capability that provides a one-stop solution for Australian truck operators.”