The American Truck Dealers named the Peterbilt Model 587 and the Peterbilt Model 210 as the “2012 ATD Commercial Trucks of the Year” during their annual Convention and Exposition.

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The Peterbilt Model 587, with the PACCAR MX engine won the heavy duty category and the Peterbilt Model 210 in the medium duty category.  This is the first time that a truck manufacturer has won both categories in the same year.

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“Peterbilt is honored to have two excellent vehicles selected as American Truck Dealers’ Commercial Trucks of the Year, Bill Kozek, General Manager Peterbilt Motors Company and PACCAR Vice President told Tachoblog.

“Peterbilt designs and manufactures a complete range of high-quality commercial vehicles that offer industry-leading reliability, versatility and low operating cost.”

The Peterbilt Model 587 was selected by a panel of journalists from leading truck publications in North America, due to its driver-friendly environment, smooth performance, spaciousness and distinctive styling.

The Model 587 is powered by the PACCAR MX engine with ratings from 380-485 horsepower, delivering exceptional reliability and proven performance. Available in sleeper and day cab configurations, the Model 587 is ideal for long-haul fleets, team-driving applications and regional pickup and delivery operations.

The Peterbilt Model 210, powered by the PACCAR PX engine, earned the medium duty award based on its innovative cab comfort, visibility, excellent maneuverability and ease of maintenance.

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“The Peterbilt 210 is developed from the award-winning DAF LF model and highlights the benefits of PACCAR’s global design capabilities,” noted Bob Christensen, PACCAR Executive Vice President.

The DAF LF is the leader in market share in the U.K. and is sold throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Taiwan. The Model 210 is assembled in PACCAR’s Mexico plant for NAFTA and the Andean markets of South America.

Christensen added, “The LF model will also be assembled in DAF’s new Brasil plant scheduled to begin operations in 2013.”