New Peterbilt APEX Package Optimizes Drivetrain for Fuel Efficiency

2014 Mid-America Trucking Show

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--()--Peterbilt Motors Company announced a new optimized drivetrain package for its already fuel-efficient leader, the aerodynamic Model 579, that brings even greater levels of fuel economy, the company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Called APEX, the new spec option pairs the PACCAR MX-13 Engine with the Fuller Advantage Automated Transmission. The combination features optimized shift calibration, weight savings and proprietary control logic between the two components.

“This is a winning combination for our customers looking to get even more miles per gallon from their already fuel efficient Model 579,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “It assists drivers with error-free shifting that means even a fleets’ novice drivers can operate with the fuel efficiency of more expert drivers.”

APEX is available now available for order through the Peterbilt dealer network.

According to Peterbilt Chief Engineer Landon Sproull, APEX can result in up to a 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency versus previous drivetrains. Superior fuel economy is achieved, he said, through the precise fuel management resulting from proprietary communication technology.

“APEX results in exceptional performance and fuel economy by pairing two already fuel efficient components together and optimizing the way they communicate to reach even greater levels of savings,” said Sproull. “This is a fully integrated powertrain that is packaged in our flagship Model 579, which is already exceeding customer expectations for fuel efficiency.”

The 12.9 liter PACCAR MX-13 Engine and the 13-speed Fuller Advantage share critical data including torque, operating gear and other vehicle performance metrics.

Additionally, Sproull said, APEX is more than 80 pounds lighter than previous combinations and features a small-step ratio in 9th and 10th gears for a more fuel efficient operating range while downshifting.

The PACCAR MX-13 Engine is available with 380 to 500 horsepower and up to 1,850 ft-lb of torque.

Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry. Through its 280-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.

Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.

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Contacts

Peterbilt Motors Company
Derek Smith, 940-591-4285
Public Relations Manager
derek.smith@paccar.com

Release Summary

Peterbilt helps optimize fuel economy with the new APEX option which pairs the PACCAR MX-13 Engine with the Fuller Advantage Automated Transmission.

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Contacts

Peterbilt Motors Company
Derek Smith, 940-591-4285
Public Relations Manager
derek.smith@paccar.com