In the 30 or so months since
its launch at ConExpo-Con/
Agg 2011, Caterpillar’s voca-
tional work truck program
has made steady market
progress, the company said.
However, a planned three-
engine power option ( 11, 13
and 15 L) has not material-
ized. Cat has said the launch
of the 15 L engine, “a critical
platform,” is nearing the final
A 15 L For Cat’s
Work Truck Line?
BY MIKE OSENGA
Few product launches in recent years have generated the xcitement of Cat’s entry into
the vocational work truck business.
It had all the trappings of a Big Deal.
Brand new product line, in a new market, from a major manufacturer.
Plus it had all the nuances that make
such stories interesting; how would the
alliance with Navistar work to build and
power the trucks? How would Cat fare
in the on-highway world so soon after
exiting the truck engine business?
Was there room in the vocational truck
world for another manufacturer?
Thus, with all the appropriate pomp
and circumstance, Caterpillar rolled
out the all-new model CT660 work
truck at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 in
Las Vegas (see March 2011 Diesel
Progress North American).
The new truck was introduced as
a truck or day cab tractor with set-
back front axle and 116 and 122 in.
bumper to back of cab dimensions.
Transmission options included man-
ual, automated manual, and full auto-
matic — the latter Caterpillar’s CX31.