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Peterbilt Model 579: Tradition And Innovation

Peterbilt Model 579: Tradition And Innovation

Peterbilt Model 579: Tradition And Innovation
August 28
17:55 2013

Peterbilt Motors Company introduced the brand new Model 579 in 2012, and this truck is still among the most innovative trucks, money can buy. The most important features of the Model 579 are its streamlined, head-turning styling, an enhanced chassis, a better electrical system and a redesigned interior that is praised by the drivers.

The Model 579 certainly looks like a Peterbilt, but engineers were seeking to achieve the best aerodynamic efficiency in its class. The new model was throughly using Computational Fluid Dynamics and in wind tunnels.

The aerodynamic performance is enhanced even further through modular aero packages like sleeper extenders, variable length chassis fairings, rubber flares, under-cab close-outs and under-fairing skirts. The Peterbilt Model 579 has a light aero hood, and a three-piece aerodynamic bumper: this way, when damaged, only individual sections need to be replaced.

New Peterbilt Model 579 and New Kenworth T680

New Peterbilt Model 579 and New Kenworth T680

Engineers also spent lots of time redesigning the interior. The interior comfort is crucial because this is the place where the driver will spend most of his time. Peterbilt consulted hundreds of drivers to make sure that they will be happy with new cab and sleeper design.

The dashboard was completely redesigned for maximum productivity: the instruments are easy to read, and the steering column can be adjusted for both tilt and telescoping. The sleeper area is loaded with storage places. Also, there is an integrated entertainment center that can accommodate a 22-inch flat panel television.

Model 579 comes with a completely redesigned electrical system. Among the improvements, there are angled dress covers that reduce pin tension and provide additional protection to connections and routing troughs. There is a new electric-over-air rocker switches that enable critical interlocks.

The new truck is built on a redesigned chassis, that is stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. Thanks to the improvements, the ride-handling performance is better, and the cabin noise is reduced. Front air-disc brakes and the Bendix Electronic Stability Control system are standard for the Model 579.

 

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