Equipment Roundup: Cat machines get a new look; Chevy’s beastly new 4-cylinder; Cat intros 740 GC artic; Pete Model 567 Heritage test drive; Isuzu, Cummins explore partnership

Updated Oct 25, 2018

Isuzu, Cummins exploring joint ‘power-source business’

Isuzu announced Thursday the company has signed a Letter of Intent with engine manufacturer Cummins to “jointly evaluate collaborative opportunities on power-source business.”

Each company, as part of the tie-up, has committed to assign a team of individuals in the coming months to explore potential opportunities in product technology development, service and other areas of collaboration with the potential for a longer-term partnership for the next generation of diesel and natural gas based internal combustion powertrains as well as new powertrain technologies such as electrification.


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Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage looks like a classic, drives with modern comfort

Peterbilt debuted its Model 567 Heritage two years ago as a modernized throwback to the working trucker and the truck has found a niche with fleets looking for a reward truck for their top drivers.

With its bling-heavy blocky exterior, the vocational workhorse blends classic Pete styling with modern comforts and efficiencies.

The exterior is a truck stop showstopper with subtle Heritage badging a much less subtle use of chrome. A chromed air intake bezel and hood latches; mirror-finish bright bright bumper, grille bars, exhaust stacks, mirrors and sun visor; and polished rocker panels, quarter-fender closeout panels, fender brace and brackets, battery boxes and fuel tanks give the truck a strikingly unique visual profile. Headlight pods make bulb replacement easier while also contributing to the classic look.


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Cat intros 740 GC in return of 40-ton size to ADT lineup

Packing several new features introduced to its articulated dump truck lineup through the release of the 745 in 2017 and in redesigns of the 730 and 735 trucks earlier this year, Caterpillar is bringing back the 40-ton size class to its lineup with the new 740 GC.

This new truck is powered by a Cat C15 ACERT engine paired with a Cat CX38B transmission. (Full specs are below.) The 740 GC will have the new controls, transmission-protection, hoist-assist system, traction control system, stability-assist system and ECO mode that the rest of Cat’s new ADTs feature. But it also gets Cat’s latest automatic retarder-control system. This system requires no input from the operator and improves operating efficiency of the truck.


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A first for half-ton trucks, Chevy’s 4-cylinder turbo bests the old V6 in every way

When equipped with the truck maker’s new 2.7-liter turbo engine, Chevrolet says the 2WD 2019 Silverado will achieve fuel economy of an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway/21 combined.

Chevy says its new 2.7-liter engine offers 14 percent more torque, 13 percent better city fuel economy and it is more than a full second quicker in the sprint to 60 mph than the 4.3 liter V6 it replaces.


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Cat machines will soon look slightly different with updated logo design, new trade dress

From here on out, new Caterpillar machines are going to look a bit different thanks to a branding redesign the company unveiled today.

Cat’s new trade dress marks the latest of many changes the nearly 100-year-old company has made to the way it brands its machines. The updated design, dubbed “Cat Modern Hex,” will replace the “Power Edge” trade dress, which placed the “CAT” logo on a black background with a diagonal red bar.


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