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Peterbilt revamps product line with new Model 389 replacing flagship 379

CCJ Staff | Commercial Carrier Journal

Completing its largest product investment in corporate history, Peterbilt launched eight new or upgraded models across its medium- and heavy-duty truck line Wednesday, March 22 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The biggest change in the line comes in the form of the new 389, which will replace the company’s flagship classically designed and legendary 379. The 389 incorporates new aerodynamic features such as modeled bumpers, external air cleaner trim panels, soft curve fairings to battery boxes and a proprietary roof fairing while maintaining the classic lines of the 379.

“Our new lineup of premium trucks represents the best new products Peterbilt has ever offered,” said Dan Sobic, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president.

Other new medium- and heavy-duty models include the Model 387 day cab, Model 384, Model 388, Model 367 and 365 vocational trucks, and Model 340 and 330.

The 387 day cab and 384, which can be configured as either a day cab or sleeper, join Peterbilt’s other aerodynamic models, the 387 sleeper and the 386. “Fuel prices have risen dramatically and remain high,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt’s chief engineer. “Helping our customers offset these costs through aerodynamic design is a priority for Peterbilt.”

The medium-duty 330 and 340 will complement the 335. In the 330, Pete offers a light-duty Class 6 truck, which will serve fleets trying to tap into the broad pool of drivers who do not have commercial driver’s licenses.

Pete has improved the aerodynamics of its classically styled models with the introduction of the Model 389 and 388.

Pete’s new Model 367 and 365 are aimed at vocational markets, with the 367 available in a heavy-haul configuration with a high-capacity cooling system to accommodate high horsepower engines. The models feature a new chassis design with both set-forward and set-back front axle configurations. The trucks also feature new hoods and an impact-resistant grille.

Peterbilt’s new models will all be available in early 2007.