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Winter 2013

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PETERBILT NEWS Peterbilt Showcases SuperTruck at Energy Summit Peterbilt unveiled its new SuperTruck, a concept vehicle that embodies several innovative new and experimental fuel economy features, at the recent Energy Summit & Fair held on the campus of the University of North Texas (UNT), home of the PACCAR Technology Institute. "The Energy Summit & Fair is a great opportunity for us to help educate the public about the numerous and significant improvements in commercial vehicle fuel efficiency," says Landon Sproull, Peterbilt's Chief Engineer. "It highlights the advanced, environmentally responsible systems and technologies that are engineered into today's medium- and heavy-duty trucks. "It also provided the opportunity to showcase our SuperTruck, an advanced concept vehicle we are developing in conjunction with Cummins Inc. through a U.S. Department of Energy program." The SuperTruck features cutting-edge technologies integrated throughout the tractor and trailer that have helped contribute to fuel efficiency measuring more than 10 miles per gallon during real-condition testing. Average, industry-wide fuel economy for an on-highway tractor-trailer is approximately six miles per gallon. Peterbilt's Don Vollmar, Director of Product Planning, was a featured speaker at the event and discussed initiatives in which Peterbilt and the industry are engaged to optimize commercial vehicle fuel efficiency and overall environmental stewardship. "The SuperTruck features technologies that have contributed to fuel efficiency measuring more than 10 mpg." "Promoting environmental responsibility and reducing dependence on foreign energy sources are top national concerns," says Vollmar. The event was hosted by U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D., who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We're pleased Peterbilt could join our Energy Summit & Fair to show how commercial vehicle manufacturers are doing their part," says Burgess. "It's exciting to see technologies in development that will take truck fuel efficiency to unprecedented levels." Peterbilt Teams with Tech School for Training Peterbilt Motors Company has teamed with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to create the Peterbilt Technician Institute program, an exclusive curriculum focused on comprehensive service technician training. The inaugural 12-week program – which began Nov. 11 – will provide students with classroom and hands-on instruction of total vehicle diagnostics, maintenance and repairs, as well as essential education in customer service, dealership shop operations and laws and regulations. "We're helping address the industry-wide shortage of qualified, certified service technicians," says Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. "Our new partnership with UTI will help attract the next generation of technicians who are equipped to exceed expectations through exceptional service of both customers and vehicles. They will have bumper-to-bumper knowledge of commercial vehicles, including a focus on the complete lineup of Peterbilt trucks and PACCAR Engines." The program is among the most comprehensive of its kind and will help ensure students graduate with working knowledge of the latest tools, technologies and diagnostic programs. FIRST CLASS l 19

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