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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #45 on: September 28, 2018, 01:46:00 PM »
Somebody at my work place told me today that the W990 is not replacing the W900 but is an add on to the KW rooster. Same way as the T880 and T800
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #45 on: September 28, 2018, 01:46:00 PM »

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #46 on: September 29, 2018, 07:15:39 AM »
If the fact is confirmed, it's a great news because the W900 is an icon and one of the best.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #47 on: October 01, 2018, 12:19:58 PM »
Somebody at my work place told me today that the W990 is not replacing the W900 but is an add on to the KW rooster. Same way as the T880 and T800

Until the day that its not. The w900 is on the way out - don't kid yourself.
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #48 on: October 01, 2018, 02:05:45 PM »
I agree Oso2.
Like the T660 replaced the T600, like the T880 will be replacing the T800.
It may be five or more years, but the W900 is in its declining years.

Anyway, the W990 doesn't look bad, the headlights and the lack of air cleaners being my only real complaints.
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #49 on: October 01, 2018, 03:56:58 PM »
https://www.overdriveonline.com/kenworth-introduces-new-w990-tractor-will-retain-w900l/?utm_medium=single_article&utm_campaign=site_click&utm_source=in_story_promotion

For now, the W900 will stay around, and that's what Kenworth has officially said.  For how long that will be is anyone's guess, but it's great news that the W900 will remain on sale for at least the next couple years.  I'm sure Kenworth is looking at replacing it eventually, because it would make no sense to have two square hood models being sold alongside each other.  The only other explanation I can think of is that the W990 is filling a niche in Kenworth's lineup similar to how the Peterbilt 567 Heritage does for Peterbilt, except for that the 567 has a much shorter hood than the W990.

By itself, the W990 doesn't look bad, but neither is it anything too spectacular.  The lack of air cleaners and the aerodynamic roof and sleeper are big detriments to the classic look it's trying to achieve.  I see this truck being more in the vein of the Coronado and 9900, and the idea that it is a proper replacement for the legendary W900 is a complete and utter joke.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #50 on: October 01, 2018, 05:18:28 PM »
I tend to think that Paccar knows that w900 lovers are conservative by nature and will take years to warm to *any* new design.
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #51 on: October 04, 2018, 08:12:17 AM »
Kenworth's Director of Design, Jonathan Duncan, explains differences between, and I quote, "the new W990 and its predecessor W900L".

https://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/video-kenworth-design-director-explains-differences-between-w990-and-w900l/

I personally think that the W990 is a good looking rig, and would make a nice *ADDITION to the KW roster.
The one main cosmetic improvement the W990 needs in my opinion is real "can" air cleaners instead of the chrome "scoops".
The only minor change that would help the look would probably be a different headlight system, something a little more "square".


*That said, it cannot replace the W900L in terms of "classic styling", no matter how hard they try to make it.
 Unfortunately, I fully expect that within the next 5 or so years the W900 and the T800 will be gone from the KW roster. :'(
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #52 on: October 04, 2018, 09:29:04 AM »
I love the all black version.

I really dislike the "big forehead" look, but that's common these days across most makes.  Look in the background though, there looks to be a small bunk flattop with Seminole paint.

I'm going to be naively optimistic that we're going to see some pretty cool stuff once they start hitting the road.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #53 on: October 04, 2018, 12:51:32 PM »
Anything Fleenor Bros. has in its fleet has got to be a winner. :) I do agree about the need for a real air cleaner though.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #54 on: October 05, 2018, 04:46:03 PM »

I may be one of the few, but I actually like it. The more I see it, the more I like the styling. Obviously I wish the W900L stays, but they at least tried to keep something in the segment.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #55 on: October 12, 2018, 03:00:00 AM »
The W-900 will be an option for Kenworth for a while, Until Kenworth discontinue's the W-900
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #56 on: November 09, 2018, 02:55:53 PM »
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Until the day that its not. The w900 is on the way out - don't kid yourself.

Like they did with Detroit Diesel after Freightliner bought it.

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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2018, 10:18:47 AM »
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Until the day that its not. The w900 is on the way out - don't kid yourself.

Like they did with Detroit Diesel after Freightliner bought it.

I think that was Daimler's decision, not Paccar's. Daimler knew that there were buyers who wanted Detroits and didn't care as much about the surrounding truck;so they decided that the engine would become proprietary.
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Re: The end of the W900
« Reply #58 on: November 11, 2018, 02:55:28 PM »
It took me a bit but I've warmed up to it. Has a real Aussie look to it that I like.

Also for anyone interested the X-Mas tree headed to the US Capitol is being pulled by one. I'm trying to see if I can catch it but it's hard because I'm not sure which route it's going to take into Joint Base Andrews, which I don't have access to.

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