THE long-term future of Cat trucks in Australia and New Zealand will not be impacted by the recent decision of Caterpillar Inc to discontinue production of its vocational models in North America.
North American vocational models have never been available in the Australian and New Zealand markets and are built on an entirely different cab and chassis platform than the CT610 and CT630 on-highway units sold in Australia since 2010.
For Australia and New Zealand, Caterpillar's announcement to end production of North American vocational models will have no effect whatsoever.
"It is business as usual for Cat truck dealers in Australia and New Zealand," said Glen Sharman, director of sales, marketing and business development.
Since the launch of Cat trucks in Australia in 2010, the range has been extensively expanded with purpose-built models such as the spacious CT630LS, the CT630SC specifically engineered for B-double duties and most recently, the road train triples-rated CT630HD.
"We can assure everyone, particularly current and prospective Cat truck customers, that Caterpillar's announcement has no bearing on our business in Australia and New Zealand," Glen Sharman said.
Two weeks ago Caterpillar Inc announced they would discontinue production of their on-highway vocational trucks.
"Based on the current business climate in the truck industry and a thorough evaluation of the business, the company decided it would withdraw from this market," a press release read.
"This is also in line with the company's ongoing restructuring to align its businesses with existing conditions. As a result of this action, the company will cease taking new orders for vocational trucks, although Caterpillar remains committed to existing truck customers and will support the existing trucks currently on the road."
Caterpillar launched its first vocational truck in the North American market in 2011.
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