New Cat Vocational Truck Offers Durability, Comfort, Style

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The Cat Vocational Truck line continues to grow to meet customer needs with the addition of the CT680, a Class 8 set-forward-axle model built to tackle today’s most demanding jobs while setting new standards for comfort and style, according to the company.42 Cat 400

The CT680 was introduced last month to the trade press at an event held at the company’s Tinaja Hills Training Center in Arizona. It features a rugged exterior, attractive automotive appearance, spacious and ergonomic cab, and vocational-specific engine and transmission.

“Customers told us they wanted a truck they could work hard,” said Dave Schmitz, vocational truck product manager. “The CT680 is as rugged as they come – built for heavy loads, hard jobs and harsh environments – but it still delivers shift-long comfort and a stylish appearance. Its bold design will set our customers apart from the crowd.”

Rugged, Stylish Exterior

Purpose-built for heavy-duty work, the CT680 stands up to big loads and tough applications without sacrificing comfort and appearance, thanks to automotive styling and class-leading materials, fit and finish. Customers can choose from truck or tractor configurations and two exterior trim levels – L and LG – addressing different styles and serviceability needs.

The CT680L features a three-piece Metton hood, three-piece chrome bumper and three-piece chrome stainless grille surround, as well as composite halogen headlights and incandescent park/turn lights. The CT680LG comes with a one-piece fiberglass hood, three-piece black bumper and integrated fiberglass grille surround, along with sealed-beam halogen headlights and LED park/turn lights.

To keep service time to a minimum, the CT680’s modular components – including the grille, grille surround, bumper and fender extensions – can be replaced individually. Key service points like coolant, washer reservoirs and air filters are easy to access, and customers can quickly replace headlight bulbs and windshield wiper blades without tools.

Comfortable, Productive Cab

The CT680’s wide, spacious interior is packed with features that deliver all-day comfort, productivity and safety. The ergonomic dashboard and center stack make it easy for drivers to read gauges through the steering wheel. Tuned cab air suspension, premium grade sound insulation, and a durable routing and clipping wire system help ensure a smooth, quiet ride.

To keep drivers and those around them safe, the CT680 features a curved, sloped, wraparound windshield – in a one- or two-piece design – that offers an uncompromised view of the road. Large, heated, cowl-mounted mirrors with integrated turn signals also enhance all-around visibility. A generous door opening, three-point grab irons and skid-resistant steps allow for safe entry and exit.

Vocational-Specific Engine, Transmission

Powering the CT680 is a Cat CT Series Vocational Truck Engine with horsepower ratings from 410 to 475, peak torque ratings from 1,450 to 1,700 lb.-ft. and the flexibility to match power and performance to specific jobs and operating conditions. A highly efficient Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) solution, with upgraded in-cylinder technology and proven aftertreatment, meets emission requirements.

The engine’s durable, compacted graphite iron block reduces weight by as much as 200 lb. compared to standard iron – allowing customers to increase payloads, efficiency and profit. A single Electronic Control Module and fewer electrical connections help reduce diagnostic and maintenance time.

Featuring six forward speeds and one reverse, the Cat CX31 Automatic Transmission delivers rugged durability, smooth shifting and optimum power. It boasts the industry’s highest power-to-weight ratio, full power shifting and quick acceleration to boost productivity. Ideal speed and torque combinations help improve fuel economy.

Performance-Enhancing Technology

The CT680 comes standard with Caterpillar’s comprehensive asset and fleet-management tool, Product Link. Customers can use this tool and the accompanying VisionLink web interface to track fuel use and costs, location, working versus idle time, preventive maintenance schedules and more. Fault code or suspicious movement alerts can be sent via email or text message to help keep downtime to a minimum.

Also available are an optional Vehicle Infotainment System and a Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

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