Hands on: Peterbilt 579 next generation truck

Hands on: Peterbilt 579 next generation truck

For fleet managers, the experience of a truck can be seen on the P&L—you want your fuel costs to go down and your profitability to go up. For the drivers, it’s all about the feeling behind the wheel. OEMs have the unenviable task of creating a top-notch experience for both.

On paper, the next-gen Peterbilt 579 hits the right business points: a 7% fuel efficiency increase when spec’d with a PACCAR powertrain and compared to the previous iteration of the 579. But how does it look and feel in its metallic flesh?

That’s the question I set out to answer when I visited the Peterbilt Motors Co. manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas, to get my hands on the next gen Peterbilt 579. Together with Jake White, product marketing manager, Peterbilt, we walk through the stand-out aerodynamic and serviceability feature and detail the safety and driver-focused features of the new truck. Watch the video above for more details.

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