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Cat Vocational Truck Ready for Work; Second Model Announced

Caterpillar, at a September media event in Peoria, Ill., updated the trade press on its CT660 vocational truck. Rock Products attended the event, where Caterpillar called the truck “among the most significant new products ever launched” by the company.

The Cat CT660, the first model in a full line of Class 8 vocational trucks designed to work as transit mixers, refuse haulers, dump trucks and in any application requiring a heavy-duty truck with the reliability, durability and low cost of ownership characteristic of Cat products. Adding even more value to the CT660 are the resources of the North American Cat dealer network, which is prepared to sell and service the new vocational truck line.

“This is an exciting historic milestone for Caterpillar,” said Steve Gosselin, vice president of customer services support division. “The CT660 is a natural expansion of the Cat product line and a perfect complement to other Cat equipment on the jobsite. The CT660 is a direct result of Caterpillar's commitment to continuously develop new products that accelerate the business success of our customers – and its design results from hundreds of hours spent with vocational truck owners, fleet managers and drivers to determine their specific needs.”

Engine options for the CT660 include the Cat CT11, CT13 and CT15 ­– with displacements of 11.1, 12.5 and 15.2 liters – provide horsepower ratings from 330 to 550 and peak torque ratings from 1,450 to 1,850 lb.-ft. The engines are designed specifically for vocational applications, yielding optimum horsepower/torque combinations, while providing customers the flexibility to match power and performance to specific applications and operating conditions.

A notable transmission option for the CT660 is the Cat CX31 automatic, a reliable, proven performer since 2004 in global vocational applications. The CX31, with six forward speeds and one reverse, is built to complement the torque output of Cat CT Series engines. The transmission features heavy duty clutches and gear sets that allow full-power shifts, increasing efficiency and productivity, while reducing drive train shock loads.

The CT660 chassis, fabricated of durable, heat-treated alloy steel, provides the full strength of a Class 8 heavy-duty foundation required for accommodating vocational bodies. Inner rail reinforcements are available for both the one- or two-frame liner options. The chassis features a set-back axle and is available in either 116-in. or 122-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab lengths. Both chassis lengths feature an extra-tight turning radius for enhanced maneuvering and driving performance.

The CT660 aluminum-alloy cab provides longer life than conventional steel cabs and weighs approximately 250 lbs. less. Less weight means larger payloads and potentially higher profits. In addition, an aerodynamically sloped hood increases visibility for the driver and decreases wind drag to improve fuel efficiency. The modular hood design allows customers to replace only damaged sections, resulting in lower repair costs and less downtime. An all-metal grille surround also uses modular design, as does the three-piece, stainless steel bumper.

Caterpillar Inc. also announced the second model in its line of on-highway trucks, the Cat CT680, which will be available first quarter 2013. A Class 8 truck, the CT680 will be built in America and sold and serviced exclusively through the North American Cat Dealer network in the United States and Canada.

The development work for the CT680 is already well underway, according to the company. The CT680 will feature a Set-Forward Axle, with both 116-in. and 122-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab lengths available. Cat CT Series Engine model options for the CT680 include the CT11 engine with ratings from 330 bhp to 390 bhp, the CT13 with ratings from 410 bhp to 475 bhp and the CT15 with ratings from 435 bhp to 550 bhp.

“We just unveiled the Cat CT660, the first model in our new line of vocational trucks, at ConExpo-Con/Agg,” said George Taylor, director and general manager of the Caterpillar Global On-Highway Group. “So we’re really pleased to announce the 2013 launch date for our next model in the full line ­– the CT680.

Taylor, who leads the design, development and launch of the truck line, said the CT680 is a key model in the company’s longer-term product development strategy. “The CT680, with a Set Forward Axle, will offer options and enhancements that many of our customers require for the work they do,” he said. “It’s an outstanding truck that continues to deliver on the Caterpillar commitment to continually develop and introduce new products that accelerate the business success of our customers.”