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Closer Look: 2013 Peterbilt 579


Peterbilt 579The all-new 2013 Peterbilt 579 has it all– it’s aerodynamic, it’s fuel efficient, it’s safe and it has tons of integrated technology features

Peterbilt announced the addition of a mid-length configuration option to the 579 line-up.  The new, lightweight 117″ design offers excellent maneuverability and visibility while maintaining aerodynamic features.  The configuration is available for day cab and sleeper models.

“The Model 579 improves customers’ bottom lines through higher reliability, better fuel economy, increased driver retention, and enhanced resale value,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. “The new mid-length BBC Model 579 configuration offers additional weight reduction and performance advantages with the standard PACCAR MX-13 engine as the perfect powertrain complement. This combination of performance attributes optimizes the vehicle for weight sensitive customers, such as regional and bulk haul applications.”

The 117” BBC hood features a sloped, 3-piece design for durable, low-cost repair and features the signature stainless steel Peterbilt grille and chromed surround.

In addition, the 579’s panoramic-style windshield, offers exceptional forward visibility.

“The turning radius and the ride and handling characteristics of the 117” BBC Model 579 provide increased efficiency and performance,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “It is a truly flexible platform that is comfortable and efficient on the road, yet durable and effective in the most demanding markets.”

The 117-inch BBC Model 579 will be available with the 2013 PACCAR MX-13 engine June 2013.

Peterbilt 579


In addition to the mid-length configuration, the 579 will now offer an 80″  detachable sleeper– the largest sleeper in Peterbilt’s history.

“The Model 579 product breadth continues to expand to serve the needs of customers across market segments, with varying length of hauls and unique driver requirements,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The new 80” sleeper further enhances the versatility of the Model 579, providing the space, storage and amenities necessary to provide drivers an office and rest environment.”

The sleepers features a 42″ bunk, spacious tower units for storage and LED lighting.

Additional important features of the 80” sleeper include:


• Microwave shelf with power outlet
• Coffee maker cabinet
• Oversized cup
• Convenient upper side and back wall cabinets
• Full-length sleeper access door with optional window
• Liftable bunk for additional storage and service access to HVAC and audio components
• Optimally placed HVAC vents
• Optional mid-height refrigerator
• Floor-level rollout storage / pantry drawer
• TV package, including brackets, power outlets and shelving to accommodate up to a 22” flat panel TV and a DVD player or video game console

In addition to the new 80” sleeper, the Model 579 is also available with a 72” sleeper and a new 44” low roof sleeper introduced earlier this year.

The detachable 44” sleeper  offers easy bunk access, a 31-coil spring mattress, LED dome and reading lights, a full-length access door, bunk-end storage tray and a baggage compartment.  The 44″ sleeper offers a large amount of comfort in a smaller package.


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