Peterbilt Introduces EPA SmartWay Certified Model 587

Peterbilt Introduces EPA SmartWay Certified Model 587

Louisville, KY — March 24, 2010

Today, Peterbilt introduced the new on-highway, EPA SmartWay® certified Model 587 at its press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show. A dynamic evolution of the highly successful Model 387, the new Model 587 is Peterbilt’s new standard for on-highway fuel efficiency, technology and serviceability.


"The new Model 587 is the culmination of design, engineering and customer feedback which resulted in an optimized truck that sets the standard for operational efficiency, operator comfort and safety for on-highway Class 8 trucks," said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. "The Model 587 is available with the new PACCAR MX engine, which brings a new level of innovation through industry-leading quality, exceptional reliability and proven performance."


Adding to an already impressive pedigree, the Model 587 has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay certification and has been recognized as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. The SmartWay program has established a comprehensive set of fuel-saving, low-emission equipment specifications for new Class 8 long-haul tractors and trailers. The new Model 587 offers customers fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and significantly reduces NOx, particulate matter and other air pollutants.


Available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration, the Model 587 is ideal for long-haul fleets, driving teams or owner-operators who seek quality, performance, value and style. The Model 587 day cab captures the exceptional fuel efficiency and aerodynamic styling of the Model 587 and transforms it into a day cab configuration for tanker and regional haul applications. The cab interior has swivel seats, dual arm rests and a roomy 30-inch walk-through space providing a comfortable work and living environment for the operator. The dash layout features stylish colors and textures while gauges and switches are positioned within easy reach to provide an ergonomic work environment.


The new Model 587 features:


  • Aerodynamics – Peterbilt engineers designed a 2.5 percent decrease in drag that results in a 1.25 percent fuel efficiency gain. This is the result of a new streamlined hood design and molded bumper, tested and validated through wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics testing.
  • Better Overall Visibility – The Model 587 provides an over 2 foot improvement in the driver’s forward line of sight.
  • Increased Maneuverability – The newly designed steering geometry improved curb-to-curb maneuverability by 12 percent.
  • Improved Forward Lighting – An increase of 35 percent brightness is achieved with the Model 587’s standard halogen lights. A projector module design is utilized for low beam lighting to provide enhanced road coverage and consistent light distribution. Complex reflector technology is used for high beam lighting to extend the light pattern for exceptional down road visibility. Optional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights provide over a 200 percent increase in brightness.
  • Battery/Tool Box – A new robust gas spring design facilitates opening and closing and a durable, T-handle lock ensures items are stored away safety and securely.
  • Safety – The Model 587 comes equipped with standard front Bendix air disc brakes for exceptional performance in stopping distance, brake handling and ease of maintenance.
  • Serviceability – The hood features tilt-assist to facilitate hood opening and closing as well as an advanced anti-blow down protection device to help protect technicians performing service.


"The sleek new Model 587 design was shaped by engineers with customer input, and supported with hundreds of iterations of computational fluid dynamic studies to validate those designs," said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. "Particular attention was paid to serviceability features such as bonded construction, advanced circuit board technology and reduced wiring; all making the Model 587 a durable, reliable performer."


The Model 587 features the new 2010 PACCAR MX engine rated at 380 – 485 horsepower or the 2010 Cummins ISX15 available with a horsepower range of 400 to 600. Fuller Manual and Automatic transmissions are available with axle ratings up to 46,000 lbs.


About Peterbilt Motors Company


Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the "Class" of the industry. Through its 250-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of TruckCare® programs to support its full lineup of vehicles, including alternative fueled vehicles, with aftermarket support programs. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit