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March 25, 2015 12:30 PM, EDT

Kenworth Launches New Tech Offerings, Icon 900 Truck

John Sommers II for Transport Topics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth Truck Co. unveiled two new technology offerings, as well as a customized, limited-edition truck known as the Icon 900.

Kenworth executives said here March 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show its TruckTech+ remote diagnostics system will be available for new trucks with the Paccar MX-13 engine starting this summer.

PeopleNet is the telematics provider for the system, which “ensures that customers, Kenworth and our dealers are working closely together to maximize uptime,” Kenworth General Manager Preston Feight said.

Additionally, Kenworth said the Nav+ HD is a multifunction communication and entertainment system that is standard for new trucks ordered with Kenworth’s premium interior package.

It also is available as an option for all new Classes 6-8 conventional trucks.

Feight said the product can help driver retention by keeping them more connected on the road.

Separately, Kenworth said the Icon 900 will be offered in a limited production run and that orders are being accepted.

The truck comes standard with chrome and stainless steel accessories, including a chrome hood badge only available on the model.

Company officials estimated they would sell about 1,000 of the Icon 900 models this year.

Turning to its more fuel-efficient trucks, Kenworth announced the introduction of a new 76-inch midroof sleeper for the T680 and T880.

It provides 100-pound weight savings when compared with Kenworth’s high-roof sleeper and up to a 5% fuel-economy savings for tanker and flatbed applications, depending on load conditions.

Full production is expected to start in the fall.