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NC2 CAT trucks launched at Uluru down-under...and Biglorryblog has the story thanks to Chris M at PowerTorque!

  • 29 November 2010
  • By Biglorryblog

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Yes after all the hype, column inches (and Biglorryblog posts) the Cat-badged range of joint Cat/Navistar 'NC2' trucks has made its official debut down under---and I have my old mate Chris 'Mullos' Mullett, publisher of PowerTorque magazine in Oz to thank for these superb shots--and Chris tells me that (as you'd expecet) "It's all in the December issue of PowerTorque, on sale December 3rd and available digitally anywhere in the world." Follow the links for digital subscription at www.powertorque.com.au and click through for the full story and more great pix from PowerTorque's snapper!

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Chris goes on to tell me: "NC2 Global chose Ayers Rock as the iconic location from where to launch the Cat-branded trucks to 300 invited guests. Dinner under the stars, Aboriginal dancing and a welcome to Australia signalled the start of the global roll-out of the Cat brand." (There's also some great aboriginal art on the trailers too--BLB).

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And he goes on to say:"Due for launch in South Africa and South America, expect NC Global to be the core of a major relaunch of Navistar branded trucks that will roll out to support  the CAT brand in all markets as Navistar looks for increased sales."

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"The initial launch saw both the CT610 and the CT 630 powered by Cat C13 and Cat C15 engines but as these do not conform to Euro V emissions legislation you can expect Cummins in SCR form and also the C13 MaxxForce engine to become the alternative power for 2011, dependent on the market requirements." Interior shot from Chris shows a no-nonsense spec that should appeal to fleet operators...

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"NC2 execs are quite open that global emissions solutions will include SCR in some markets whereas the stated intention for the North American market remains EGR only. The MaxxForce 15 is underway for approval for Euro V emissions compliance as we speak."

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Great shots and insight into the launch Chris and thanks. Meanwhile, the official press story on the new Cat CT610 and Cat CT630, developed by NC----the joint venture between Caterpillar and Navistar---confirms that the Aussie trucks are being assembled in Tullamarine, Victoria and will be sold through a newly formed Australian network composed of select Cat dealers. "These groundbreaking new on-highway Cat trucks demonstrate the unique value proposition that NC2 is delivering to the global truck marketplace," says Al Saltiel, president of NC2. "We are proud to be bringing these new trucks to Australia, leveraging the potent combination of Navistar's truck manufacturing expertise and Caterpillar's powerful global network."

Jeff Tyzack, general manager, sales and marketing for Australia, says the two new conventional prime movers will be offered in day and extended (sleeper) -cab options:

 

  • The CT610 has the 470-hp Cat C13 engine. With a bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) measurement of 2.72 metres, it's aimed at 19-metre applications and gross weights of up to 57 tonnes.

ยท   The CT630 gets the 550-hp C15 engine. With a BBc measurement of 3.10 metres. You can expect to see it used on B-double on-highway roadtrain applications and is available in both 72-tonne and 90-tonne GCWs.

"The Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 vehicles are designed to address Australian customers' requirements in a number of important ways," continues Tyzack. "These products are powered by Cat engines, which have a legendary reputation for reliability, durability and fuel economy. The trucks offer best-in-class fuel economy, unparalleled driver satisfaction, unprecedented uptime and will deliver low cost of ownership. And they are backed by an unsurpassed dealer capability that provides a one-stop solution for Australian truck operators."