Hastings Deering hits the road

Queensland Roadshow for Cat CT630S and CT630SC

Two of the most dynamic new trucks to hit the Australian market in 2014 are the centrepiece of an exciting roadshow set to tour major Queensland freight routes throughout August and September.

Cat® Trucks Queensland dealer Hastings Deering is embarking on an expansive road show to provide truck owners and drivers from SE QLD through to Cairns with a first-hand introduction to the new Cat CT630S and CT630SC models coupled to B-double combinations.

Designed and engineered specifically for Australian B-double applications yet with the inherent attributes to easily cope with a multitude of heavy-duty tasks including B-triple and roadtrain double configurations, the CT630S and CT630SC will be on show at designated truck stops along much of Queensland’s eastern seaboard.

Starting on Friday, August 15 from the Hastings Deering Cat Truck Centre at Richlands in suburban Brisbane, the roadshow will ultimately cover more than 5000 km and in its first week-long stage will visit 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 into 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 before concluding at Hastings Deering Richlands on Friday, September 19.

“A great deal of thought and planning has gone into this event,” commented Hastings Deering Cat Trucks Manager – On-Highway Trucks, Gary Johnson. “Taking the trucks on the road highlights our immense confidence in the CT630S and the CT630SC.”

“The existing models in our range, from the flagship CT630LS to the hugely versatile CT610 continue to do a great job in their various vocations but there’s no question the ‘S’ and the ‘SC’ are vital additions to the Cat Trucks line-up, in particular for our QLD customers

“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.

“It’s also our way of demonstrating why we believe the ‘S’ and the ‘SC’ are not only ideal for B-doubles, B-triples and roadtrain doubles, but highlight why we are absolutely certain these models will be a major force in the Australian market.”

Both the CT630S and the CT630SC are the result of Cat Trucks engineers in Australia and the US purposefully setting out to develop models easily capable of accommodating 34 pallet B-double combinations within the regulated overall length envelope of 26 metres.

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

Yet 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.

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 mid-rise sleeper designed and built in Australia to Cat Trucks’ exact guidelines. Critically, the ‘SC’ sleeper provides a generous 2250 mm of internal width and a full 1975 mm of standing room, meaning that even drivers well over six feet tall have plenty of space to stand and stretch.

In standard form the sleeper comes with a 711 mm (28 inch) wide fully-sprung mattress while other important inclusions are large toolbox lockers on both sides with external and internal access, a similarly spacious 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.

However, whether it’s the non-sleeper day cab, the functional integral sleeper or the 40 inch sleeper of the ‘SC’, all versions are configured to haul 34 pallets within the 26 metre B-double length limit.

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

The C15’s outputs feed through an Eaton ‘Solo’ clutch into the industry standard of Eaton’s RTLO-20918 18-speed overdrive transmission offered in manual form or the optional Ultrashift-Plus automated version featuring the added advantage of a ‘Hill Start Assist’ function.

Cat’s formidable C15 is the only engine in Australia’s heavy-duty truck market to meet the ADR 80-03 emissions standard without the cost and complexity of an EGR or SCR emissions system.

The keys to the C15’s emissions compliance are the innovative dual diesel particulate filters (DPF) mounted horizontally between the chassis rails, leaving external chassis space uncluttered for the optional fitment of long range fuel tanks and hydraulic oil tanks for tippers.

“But important as they are, these features are just the foundations of the ‘S’ and the ‘SC’,” said Gary Johnson.

“There’s so much more to these trucks and we’re truly looking forward to giving as many people as possible a close, detailed look at each model so they can see for themselves what all the fuss is about.

“There’s a lot to like about these trucks and if anyone wants to find out more, or exactly when and where they will be in their area, just call us on 1800 228 648,” he concluded.

For more information on the road show please check out the web link – for when the Cat trucks will be in your region.

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