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March 22, 2017 6:00 PM, EDT

Kenworth, Peterbilt Will Not Exhibit at NACV Show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Neither of the operating companies of Paccar Inc. will exhibit at the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta in September.

The decision was confirmed here by the general managers of Kenworth Trucks and Peterbilt Motors on March 22 at the 46th annual Mid-America Trucking Show.

Peterbilt’s Kyle Quinn, GM of the Denton, Texas-based original equipment manufacturer since Jan. 1, said some of his employees would attend the NACV Show to observe it. He added that the OEM might consider participating in future shows, but for now, Peterbilt will stick with MATS.

Kenworth GM Mike Dozier said his company has “been a proponent of having a truck show every other year,” but he likes Mid-America’s emphasis on owner-operators and small-to-midsize fleets.

“This is the show we feel is aligned with our message,” said Dozier, who has led the Kirkland, Washington, brand for a year.

North America’s heavy-duty truck makers have been interested in the every-other-year concept that already exists in Europe. The IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany, runs in even-numbered years and is the continent’s largest.

NACV’s management, U.S. subsidiaries of Newcom Business Media and Deutsche Messe, would then produce their show in odd-numbered years.

The management of MATS wants to keep the annual format, but a Canadian-German joint venture launched NACV last year and set the first one for Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center Sept. 25-28.

Daimler Trucks North America’s two brands, Volvo Group’s two companies and Navistar Inc. have all announced their participation in NACV. Other major names in trucking, including engine maker Cummins Inc. and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, have said they will participate in NACV as well.