Caterpillar rolling out vocational trucks this spring
Caterpillar Inc., based in Peoria, Ill., will unveil the first model in its line of Cat Vocational Trucks, the Cat CT660, at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ CONEXPO show on March 22, 2011. The Class 8 trucks will be sold and serviced through the Cat North American dealer network, with production beginning after CONEXPO for customer delivery later in the year.
The trucks will serve a variety of job applications — from moving rock and hauling trash to logging and pouring concrete. A Caterpillar spokesman told Govpro.com that the truck line can perform the following tasks:
- Dump Truck
- Mixer Truck
- Tractor/Trailer Hauler
- Refuse Truck
- Lube Truck
- Logging Truck
The company had no photos to release at this time.
Caterpillar will offer the heavy-duty Cat Vocational Day Cab Trucks with a range of engine ratings and torque capability options. The specs are designed for customers’ applications and include a Cat CT11 engine with ratings from 330 bhp to 390 bhp, a Cat CT13 with ratings from 410 bhp to 475 bhp and, coming in 2012, a Cat CT15 with ratings from 435 bhp to 550 bhp.
Caterpillar will offer the Cat CX31 torque-converter-style automatic transmission, with three standard locations for rear power take-off drive positions, as an option on the Cat vocational line. The company has other OEM vocational transmission options, including Eaton manual and automated manual transmissions.
Cat dealers will support the new line of trucks with bumper-to-bumper service. Besides support in the field, the company also serves owners through the 24/7 Cat On-Highway Call Center.
“Our design and manufacturing has been focused squarely on making the customer input we gathered a reality,” said George Taylor, director and general manager of the Cat Global On-Highway Department.
Taylor added, “We coupled customer input with our knowledge learned from years of experience working closely with different industries to meet their heavy equipment needs to identify the ideal standard options for various industry applications. As a result, we’re proud we will deliver a line of vocational trucks that our customers want, knowing they are built for a wide variety of jobs.”
Caterpillar is a worldwide manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel electric locomotives. The company offers services through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.