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continuing at 2016 levels” Baby 8″Kenworth T370 includes 46K-lb. rear tandem for dump, fuel tanker, mixer and other employment applications. KIRKLAND, WA. Defining the 2016 economic climate as “& ldquo; a great year total though off slightly from last year,” & rdquo; Kenworth Truck general supervisor Mike Dozier however sees U.S. retail Class 8 sales falling off from an initial forecast set a range of 260,000 to 280,00. Provided softer than expected sales in the first half, that anticipate is now down in the range of 235,000 to 240,000, he stated during an interview at company headquarters. Coming off 2015’& rsquo; s remarkably strong sales, the typical age of the U.S. heavy truck fleet is at it’& rsquo; s most affordable in years, so integrated with sluggish economic growth and softer freight need, the decline in truck sales wasn’& rsquo “; t a surprise. & ldquo; We & rsquo; ve been making modifications in manufacturing capability considering that completion of 2015,” & rdquo; Dozier stated. As for 2017 durable truck sales, “& ldquo; we think the marketplace will hold at 2016 levels,” & rdquo; he stated. Relying on Kenworth efficiency, Dozier said the MX-13 and newly introduced MX-11 Paccar engines are now powering about 45% of Kenworth’& rsquo; s new trucks and that’it & rsquo; s T680 and T880 models now account for 80% of that develop. Independently Kenworth announced that it will sunset the older T660 at the end of the year with a last production run of 500 units. The T660 was presented in 2007 as a replacement for the initial aerodynamic durable tractor, the KW T600. Over 60,000 have been produced in the last nine years, according to Jason Skoog, assistant GM for sales and marketing. “& ldquo; This final [production run] will offer clients one last possibility to own a T660,” & rdquo; Skoog said. The T660 is readily available as a day taxi or in 38-inch, 62-inch, 72-inch and 86-in. sleeper setups. Conventional power is the MX-13 ranked at 455-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque. Other product news announced at the press occasion i.
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