Peterbilt announces new aerodynamic Model 386

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Peterbilt has announced its 2006 line of Class 8 conventional trucks and tractors, including the new Model 386.

The Model 386 is part of Peterbilt’s aero product line. Peterbilt General Manager Dan Sobic credited the success and popularity of the Model 387 as a major factor for the launch of the Model 386. “The Model 386 was developed to impact a customer’s bottom line through improved fuel economy, increased driver productivity, greater resale value and as a tool for attracting and retaining drivers.” Sobic said.

Peterbilt Chief Engineer Craig Brewster said the Model 386’s aerodynamic efficiency was improved by 10 percent over its predecessor. “This results in approximately 0.3 of mile per gallon increase in fuel economy.”

Built on a separate chassis with optimized front axle placement, the 386 will have the same engine options as the 387.

Available in high or low roof configurations, the 386 can be configured as a daycab or with 48-inch, 63-inch and 70-inch sleeper options. Production of the Model 386 begins in July.

Peterbilt also spotlighted models 379, 385, 378 and 357 as part of its 2006 conventional lineup, which are all available with Bendix’s next generation ABS-6 antilock braking system.

Peterbilt’s Model 379 will include a new Platinum Oval interior package option. The package includes a stainless grille with a punched oval pattern, polished aluminum grille bars, Donaldson air cleaners with a punched oval pattern on the intake screens and a stainless-steel sun visor.

Peterbilt also announced:

— Two heavy-duty Paccar batteries, which are available for Peterbilt trucks. The Paccar Dual Purpose deep-cycle design battery will be the standard on all Peterbilt trucks starting in April. The Paccar Starting Battery, which delivers 1,000 cold-cranking amps, is an option for extreme weather applications.

— Three new interior trim levels – the Probilt, Prestige and Platinum – which are available on the 2006 product lineup.

— The option of the Caterpillar C9 engine for the vocational Model 357, which can be configured for specialized heavy-haul and mixer operations.