Peterbilt introduces low-profile Model 388 for car carriers

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Peterbilt Motors Co. on Friday, May 2, introduced a new low-profile configuration for the Model 388 specifically designed for the car carrier industry. Now available for order through Peterbilt’s Dealer Network, the new Model 388 Low Profile Configuration has been optimized with a lower cab height to allow for an aftermarket installation of an over-the-cab car carrier body to maximize the number of vehicles that may be hauled, according to the truck maker.

The lower cab height gives customers the ability to transport larger vehicles over the cab. The Model 388 Low Profile Configuration can be specified with a wide variety of drivetrain and suspension options, and can accommodate engines up to 600 HP. Peterbilt says the Model 388 Low Profile Configuration also retains the company’s signature styling with technological and aerodynamic enhancements for image-conscious and performance-driven fleets and owner-operators.

“The new Low Profile Model 388 provides an ideal option for customers requiring lower height requirements,” says Larry Reding, assistant general manager of sales and marketing for Denton, Texas-based Peterbilt. “The Model 388 refines traditional Peterbilt styling with fuel-efficient enhancements to raise the bar for performance, durability and resale value.”

Peterbilt says the Model 388 Low Profile Configuration features:

  • A slightly sloped aluminum hood that increases visibility and features removable aluminum fenders and a proprietary anti-blow-down locking mechanism to prevent unintentional closure;
  • New halogen projector aluminum headlamps and long-life LED directional signals that are protected with an impact-resistant lens. Forward lighting is increased by 226 percent, and bulb life is extended by nearly 600 percent;
  • A lightweight all-aluminum cab that features aircraft grade fasteners, lap seam construction and bulkhead style doors for toughness and corrosion resistance. It provides years of virtually water-tight rattle-free performance;
  • A multiplex electrical system that offers diagnostic simplicity and reliability. The Electronic Service Analyst monitors the entire system, isolates sensors and gauges, and maintains an event log; and
  • A durable chassis design that provides excellent handling and maneuverability. The set-forward front-axle configuration uses longer springs for a smooth and comfortable ride.