The award, which this year focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe-duty sectors, was announced here Jan. 24 at the American Truck Dealers annual convention.
ATD said the Kenworth truck was selected for its design, refined interior, torque, handling and outstanding visibility from the driver’s seat.
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The other finalists were the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567.
This T880 is specified with a Paccar MX-13 rated at 500 hp and 1,850 pound-feet of torque.
A number of Kenworth representatives, including Preston Feight, general manager, were in attendance to accept the award.
Freight told Transport Topics the award “was the recognition of a great truck” that along with the Paccar engine was “a complete package.”
Kenworth and Peterbilt Motors are both U.S.-based truck-making units of Paccar.
The judges included a panel of journalists, and for the first time, an active professional driver.
Greg Nauertz, a local delivery driver for YRC Worldwide based in Phoenix, participated in the selection process, which took place several days before the ATD convention began.
Nauertz is a member of America’s Road Team.