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Kenworth T680 Enters Production at Company’s Assembly Plant in Chillicothe, Ohio

KIRKLAND, Wash., May 31, 2012 - The new, aerodynamic Kenworth T680 has begun production at the Kenworth Truck Company assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

"The Kenworth T680 has received a very positive response from fleets and truck operators. Customers are drawn to the T680's superior fuel efficiency, outstanding performance, extraordinary comfort and exceptional styling," said Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. "The beginning of T680 production is a landmark moment for Kenworth, its employees and its dealers."

20120531-T680-Production-2-lr.jpg   The first Kenworth T680 production truck comes off the line at Kenworth's assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

20120531-T680-Production-1-lr.jpg  The first Kenworth T680 production truck is shown parked outside the Kenworth - Chillicothe plant.

"With a line-up of the T660, T680 and T700, Kenworth's aerodynamic, on-highway truck offering has never been stronger," noted Moore. "Each aerodynamic model features a different cab width, giving customers an excellent selection to meet the needs of their specific applications." Cab width for the T660, T680 and T700, respectively, is 1.9, 2.1 and 2.3 meters.

The Kenworth - Chillicothe plant hosted a special celebration for employees to mark the start of T680 production. "We're excited to begin building production Kenworth T680s," said Scott Blue, plant manager at Kenworth's Chillicothe facility. "Employees at the facility are trained and ready to assemble this world class truck."

The T680 is Kenworth's most aerodynamic truck ever. The T680 is designed to maximize performance in line haul, pickup and delivery, and regional hauling operations. Available with a 76-inch sleeper or day cab configuration, the T680 is standard with the fuel- efficient, 12.9-liter PACCAR MX engine and optional with the Cummins ISX15 engine.

The Kenworth T680 Road Tour is traveling to special events hosted by Kenworth dealers throughout the United States and Canada. Follow Kenworth's on- going blog reports from the road (http://kenwortht680tour.com).

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World's Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company's dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel- electric hybrids. Kenworth is the only truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. In addition, the fuel-efficient Kenworth T700 equipped with the low- emission PACCAR MX engine was named the 2011 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers. Kenworth was the recipient of the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Heavy Duty Truck Dealer Service. Kenworth's Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

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