Nine commercial trucks nominated for national award

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The American Truck Dealers has announced the nine trucks nominated for the 2012 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year. The annual award, which recognizes a winner in both the heavy- and medium-duty truck categories, will be presented at the 2012 ATD Convention and Expo, which is being held for the first time in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas Feb. 3-6, 2012.

The heavy-duty (Class 8) truck entries are the Freightliner 114SD conventional dump truck, International ProStar+ tractor with MaxxForce 15 engine, Kenworth T660 Regional Hauler with Paccar MX engine and Peterbilt 587 SmartWay conventional tractor.

The medium-duty (Class 3-7) truck entries are the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter FE160 low-cab-forward, Isuzu NPR-HD Gas, Kenworth T440 Conventional, Peterbilt Model 210 low-cab-forward and UD 2600 low-cab-forward.

Four transportation industry journalists on the judging panel test-drove the trucks on an eight-mile course that included rural and highway driving in Dallas on Oct. 14.