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September 02, 2015 4:38 AM ET


Company Overview of Peterbilt Motors Company

Company Overview

Peterbilt Motors Company engages in designing, manufacturing, and marketing trucks. It offers on-highway, medium duty, and vocational trucks, as well as alternative-fueled vehicles. The company also provides SmartNav system, an integrated telematics and infotainment system that provides real-time truck monitoring, truck-specific navigation, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio. In addition, it offers engines; truck care parts and services; and aftermarket support programs. Further, the company offers merchandise through The company provides its products and services through a network of dealers in North America. Peterbilt Motor Company was founded in 193...

1700 Woodbrook Street

Denton, TX 76205

United States

Founded in 1939





Key Executives for Peterbilt Motors Company

Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager
Senior Vice President of Paccar Inc
Assistant General Manager of Sales & Marketing
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Peterbilt Motors Company Key Developments

Peterbilt Debuts New Predictive Cruise Technology

Anticipating and responding to changes in terrain – such as accelerating ahead of hills and coasting on the decline – Peterbilt’s new Predictive Cruise technology automatically optimizes engine and transmission operation when in cruise control for maximum fuel economy, Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Predictive Cruise technology is latest innovation to provide customers with trucks that lead the industry in fuel efficiency. By integrating the powertrain, cruise control and satellite mapping, the vehicle automatically responds to the road ahead for up to 3% improved fuel economy. Predictive Cruise includes the neutral coasting feature. Neutral coasting utilizes the truck’s momentum to save fuel and engages the engine brake to manage downhill speeds. Predictive Cruise and neutral coast work together in five steps to maximize the truck’s kinetic energy: When approaching a hill, the system uses onboard maps and GPS data to accelerate to the optimal speed and adjust for the increasing road grade; Before the peak of the incline, the vehicle curbs its speed before proceeding downhill; Neutral coast engages as the truck rolls downhill; If necessary, the engine brake engages to avoid over speeding; and Cruising speed is maintained as the vehicle continues onto level terrain. Predictive Cruise is available factory installed for both the Model 579 and 567 and plans are to expand to other products in the near future.

Peterbilt Introduces a New 58-Inch Sleeper for its Model 579 in Both Low- and Mid-Roof Configurations

Peterbilt is introducing a new 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations. Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show. A cutaway display of the new sleeper was exhibited at the show. The new sleeper, which is planned to go into production during the fourth quarter, reduces weight by up to 100 pounds (versus the 80-inch sleeper) while including all of the driver-pleasing amenities found on Peterbilt’s larger sleepers. The new 58-inch sleeper is designed with an open, spacious feel that drivers expect from a Peterbilt sleeper. It’s thoughtfully engineered to include ample storage, driver comforts and exceptional fit and finish for quality rest and off-duty time. The new sleeper includes a full-length door to help facilitate loading personal gear and belongings from outside the truck. Additionally, full-length, integrated extenders minimize trailer gap and improve aerodynamic efficiency. The sleeper was designed with extensive research and customer interviews to help ensure every inch of space was considered for a layout that was both practical and premium. Other features include a television mount, refrigerator and microwave shelf. Newhouse added that offering the 58-inch sleeper in both low- and mid-roof configurations further increases its versatility to meet specific application requirements, including flatbed and tanker operations.

Peterbilt Introduces Model 567 Set-Forward Front Axle Configuration

Peterbilt launched a new set-forward front axle configuration for its vocational Model 567 that is ideal for mixer and other weight-conscious applications. The new model equipped with a PACCAR PX-9 engine, an Allison automatic transmission with FuelSense technology and a McNeilus mixer body was on display at the company's exhibit during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Like the set-back axle version, the Model 567 SFFA is available in both 115- and 121-inch BBC lengths. The 115-inch BBC has a bumper to front axle distance of 29 inches and the 121-inch BBC has a bumper to front axle distance of 31 inches. These dimensions were carefully engineered to maximize maneuverability while providing the ideal wheelbase to comply with bridge law requirements. The Model 567 SFFA is available for order now through Peterbilt dealerships. Production is scheduled for June. Both the set-forward and set-back front axle configurations of the Model 567 are standard with the PACCAR MX-13 Engine with up to 500 horsepower and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are available as a day cab or with Peterbilt's complete lineup of detachable sleepers. Lightweight, yet durable to provide many years of service, the Model 567's all-aluminum cab is enhanced with strategically positioned steel reinforcements. Durability is further improved with the Model 567's Metton® hood that is highly resilient and can absorb many impacts that would shatter or crack other materials. The vehicle also features Peterbilt's signature stainless steel oval mesh grille and surround, and the hood pivot system has a protection function that directs energy around the cooling module in the event of an impact. The Model 567's chassis is designed to maximize strength while minimizing weight for increased payload capacity. The chassis is 10% to 15% stiffer than comparable products for improved maneuverability, ride and handling. The clear frame rails facilitate ease of installation for various bodies, auxiliary axles and hydraulic tanks.

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