15 October 2010

NC2 Global, a joint venture between Caterpillar and Navistar, announced the launch of first-ever Cat® on-road trucks. The trucks, powered by Caterpillar C13 and C15 engines, will be launched this month in the Australian market.

The new trucks—the Cat CT 610 and CT 630—are being assembled at NC2’s manufacturing facility in Tullamarine, Victoria. The Tullamarine plant was formerly used for production of Caterpillar earth-moving equipment.

The CT 610 and CT 630 vehicles are both conventional prime movers. They will be available in day-cab and extended-cab options:

  • The CT 610 has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 24.5 tonne and a gross combination mass (GCM) of up to 57 tonne. It will be powered by the Cat C13 engine, which is rated at 470 hp at 2100 rpm and 1,650 ft-lb at 1,200 rpm.
  • The CT 630 also has a GVM of 24.5 tonne, and provides a GCM of 72 tonne, with an optional 90 tonne rating. It will be powered by the Cat C15 engine, which is rated at 550 hp at 1,800 rpm and 1,850 ft-lb at 1,200 rpm.

Australia currently requires Euro V, US07 or JE05 emissions in new highway truck engines. These requirements can be met through a number of technologies, ranging from diesel particulate filter (DPF) or urea-SCR aftertreatment to in-cylinder methods, but it is unclear which technology has been chosen. In the US market, the 2007 C13 and C15 ACERT engines used a burner-regenerated DPF system. Technical issues with the filter regeneration were among the decision factors behind Caterpillar’s withdrawal from the US highway truck market.

Source: NC2 Global