Autocar trademarks ‘Badass’ for new Class 8 severe duty truck

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Autocar has trademarked “Badass” to describe the fourth iteration of its DC-64 severe-duty Class 8 trucks.

The company recently unveiled the new Autocar DC-64D dump truck, which is built from the ground up and engineered to handle challenging jobs. 

The new truck joins the DC-64R for refuse, DC-64M for mixers and DC-64P for pump.

“The DC-64D is expertly configured and solves many industry issues not addressed by other suppliers,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Autocar Truck. “Unlike any other vehicle in the North American heavy-duty commercial truck market, Autocar Trucks are vocational pre-engineered for seamless body integration and don’t require significant structural modifications. As such, our trucks are safer, more structurally sound and are engineered to have a longer life span which lowers the total cost of ownership and adds to our ‘always up’ promise. This dump truck is truly badass.” 

Assembled in Alabama, the DC-64D dump truck features a spacious and functional cab alongside “badass” strength and durability, according to Autocar. 

The manufacturer collaborated with key industry experts with more than 200 years of severe-duty truck experience to guide the DC-64D design. The collaboration resulted in more than 100 design improvements.

As well, Autocar partnered with dump body manufacturers for parallel engineering of essential dump body mount features. The DC-64D is outfitted with an RS Godwin SCS dump body and features Hardox steel for durability and lighter weight, which translates to more payload capacity. 

The DC-64D is available with multiple Cummins engine options, including the L9, X12 and ISX12N CNG series. As well, the new X12 offers access to the Single Module after-treatment system with more efficiency and service access from Cummins. The X15 will be available in 2022. 

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The design process also included a focus on safety. Autocar’s design includes 325-degree all-around driver visibility, including the only Class 8 vocational truck with rear-corner wrap-around windows to improve the rearward view. The front end is also sloped to enhance visibility. 

The DC-64D also delivers a durable cab structure with its all-welded steel cab construction and protection during roll-over incidents. It is the only vocational truck with frame rail material at a yield strength of 160,000 PSI, 24 per cent stronger than industry standards.

As well, every DC-64D is built with dual Sheppard M100 steering gears, 2.8 metre BBC and up to 50 degrees wheel cut, allowing easy steering effort and maneuverability. 

The DC-64D cab features an 18-cm driver information smart display to minimize driver distraction and help technicians quickly get drivers back on the road after maintenance.