Peterbilt boosts production of Models 587, 382

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Updated Mar 9, 2011

Peterbilt Motors Co. on Tuesday, March 8, announced an increase in production of Models 587 and 382 at the company’s truck manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas. The Model 587 is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified Smartway-certified Class 8 tractor, while the Model 382 offers added maneuverability, aerodynamic efficiency and serviceability for shorter-haul pickup, delivery and diminishing load markets.

“The Model 587 has gained great acceptance in the marketplace, resulting in an order for 1,000 Model 587s for U.S. Xpress,” says Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. “Since the introduction in the fourth quarter of 2010, strong demand for this exciting product has required Peterbilt to double the daily build rate for the Model 587.”

The Model 587 is equipped with standard front air disc brakes, while its steering geometry offers improved curb-to-curb maneuverability and its forward lighting system enhances visibility by distributing down-road light coverage more consistently. The Model 587 is available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration, making it suitable for long-haul fleets, driving teams or owner-operators.

The Model 587 is standard with the 2010 Paccar MX engine with 380-485 hp. Peterbilt says the engine utilizes fractured cap technology in both the connecting rods and main bearing caps to facilitate high shearing strength that results in a wide horsepower range and longer torque and power curves for more efficient operation.

The fully integrated systems with modular components help reduce design complexity, resulting in longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and higher resale value. The Model 587 comes standard with premium interior featuring Peterbilt’s SmartNav system that provides integrated mobile computing, telematics, navigation and truck monitoring.

The Model 382’s sloped hood provides added visibility, while a technologically advanced forward-lighting system produces both a broader and brighter lighted area. The driver’s operating environment is designed ergonomically with backlit gauges, contoured door panels and rocker switches placed within easy reach. The HVAC system offers improved airflow but also reduces maintenance costs. Power windows, mirrors and lock switches are located in the door pad design, and dual cup holders provide added convenience.

The Model 382 is powered by the 2010 Cummins ISL9 engine that has a high power-to-weight ratio and comes with heavy-duty features like replaceable wet liners. An improved Electronic Control Module (ECM) and improved airflow allow the ISL9 to run stronger and with greater responsiveness than previous engines. Ratings range from 345-380 hp with a maximum 1300 lb.-ft. of torque.