Caterpillar Debuts Vocational Truck
- Written by Mark Kuhar
March 20, 2011 – Live from Las Vegas, it is day two of the Caterpillar pre-ConExpo-Con/Agg press preview. Yesterday, we heard about more than a dozen new Cat machines that will make their North American debut at the show, including the new G Series 775 off-highway truck which is the first Cat machine to go into production with a Tier 4 Final emissions solution. Many of the other new machines, such as the redesigned H Series 627 wheel tractor-scraper, will showcase a Tier 4 Interim solution. Tana Utley, Cat's chief technology officer, talked about how Cat has integrated emissions-reduction technologies into the machine design. This allows Cat Tier 4-ready products to perform at peak production while reducing emissions by approximately 90 percent, she said. The Cat K Series midsize wheel loaders, ranging from the 950K to the 980K, were also debuted to the trade press. All five of the loaders feature improved performance and fuel efficiency, and each has a totally new cab for greater operator comfort andproductivity. Cat E Series hydraulic excavators also will make their North American debut at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The new Cat vocational truck, the CT660, was the highlight of today's session. To be sold and serviced by North American Cat dealers, the CT660 will be offered in a variety of configurations. It's a serious aggregates-hauling machine.