Queensland roadshow planned for new Cat models


Cat’s CT630S and CT630SC models to tour major Queensland freight routes throughout August and September.

Queensland roadshow planned for new Cat models
Cat Trucks's new line-up will tour Queensland throughout August and September.

 

Cat Trucks Queensland dealer Hastings Deering is taking the vehicle manufacturer’s new 2014 models hooked up to B-double trailers on a 5,000km roadshow.

The CT630S and CT630SC will be at designated truck stops along much of Queensland’s eastern seaboard through August and September.

Cat says the two models are engineered specifically for Australian B-double applications, but can "easily cope with a multitude of heavy-duty tasks including B-triple and road train double configurations".

The roadshow will start this Friday, August 15 from the Hastings Deering Cat Truck Centre at Richlands in suburban Brisbane.

Its first week-long stage will take in major truck centres at Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Warwick, Aratula, Chinderah and Port of Brisbane.

The second stage will start on Tuesday, September 9 and head from Richlands to far north Queensland, stopping at Caboolture, Maryborough, Childers, Rockhampton, Emerald, Mackay, Bowen, Townsville and Cairns.

The return leg will follow a similar route but include stops at Gin Gin, Apple Tree Creek and Kybong.

"B-doubles are such a dominant part of the road transport business these days and these new models provide us with the perfect opportunity to go on the road and show truck owners and drivers the reasons for our confidence," Hastings Deering Cat Trucks manager Gary Johnson says.

Both units are the result of Cat Trucks engineers in Australia and the US developing models capable of accommodating 34 pallet B-double combinations within the regulated overall length envelope of 26m.

This was achieved by raising the cab around 50mm and moving it forward 250mm to produce a model which in non-sleeper form has a bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) dimension of 2845mm, or 112 inches.

"Apart from the obvious dimensional attributes for B-double duties, the shortened hood and raised cab of the ‘S’ and ‘SC’ also provide an improved line of sight from the driver’s seat to the road ahead as well as a smoother passage of air underneath the cab to further enhance an already high level of cooling efficiency," Cat Trucks says.

"Meantime, the manoeuvrability which is a notable feature of the Cat Trucks design is similarly improved with the shorter BBC of the ‘S’ and the ‘SC’.  

"Critically, both models also retain the smooth, rounded lines which are a major factor in the aerodynamic efficiency which has helped Cat Trucks gain a widespread reputation for frugal fuel consumption."

While the CT630S is available as a day cab or with an integral extended sleeper cab, the CT630SC is equipped with a dedicated 40-inch (1016mm) mid-rise sleeper designed and built in Australia.

The ‘SC’ sleeper provides 2250mm of internal width and 1975mm of standing room.

In standard form the sleeper comes with a 28 inch (711mm) wide fully-sprung mattress. Other features include large toolbox lockers on both sides with external and internal access; a large storage area under the bunk which also accommodates an optional fridge; and a scalloped rear wall to optimise clearances between the rear of the cab and the trailer.

Like all CT630 models, the ‘S’ and ‘SC’ carry a gross combination mass rating of 90 tonnes and are powered by Cat’s C15 engine, with peak power of 550hp (410kW) at 1800 rpm and top torque of 1850 lb ft (2508Nm) at 1200rpm.

Eaton’s RTLO-20918 18-speed overdrive transmission is offered in manual form or the optional Ultrashift-Plus automated version, featuring a hill start assist function.

The C15 is the only engine in Australia’s heavy-duty truck market to meet the ADR 80-03 emissions standard without exhaust gas recirculation or selective catalytic reduction.

Instead it has dual diesel particulate filters mounted horizontally between the chassis rails. Cat says this leaves external chassis space uncluttered for the optional fitment of long range fuel tanks and hydraulic oil tanks for tippers.

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