For over 40 years, PACCAR's Kenworth vehicles have earned a significant market share in many South American countries in the Andean region. "The successful introduction of DAF vehicles into Chile, Ecuador and Peru in 2011 helped PACCAR achieve a record level of vehicle sales in the region," said Sam Means, PACCAR vice president. “Total PACCAR truck deliveries of 4,500 units in the Andean region of South America in the first six months of 2012 increased by 75 percent compared to the first half last year.”Environmental Leadership PACCAR continues to be a leader in the market for natural-gas powered vehicles. Kenworth and Peterbilt have been manufacturing trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) since 1996. PACCAR has earned a 40 percent share of the U.S. heavy-duty truck natural gas market, providing the widest range of vehicle solutions for over-the-road, regional and vocational applications. Kenworth and Peterbilt models are currently available with either 9-liter or 15-liter engines. In 2013, Kenworth and Peterbilt plan to offer 12-liter natural gas engines. “PACCAR’s natural gas engine platforms offer an efficient and clean technology that benefits customers in a wide range of applications,” commented Craig Brewster, PACCAR vice president. “PACCAR is a leader in the development of other environmentally friendly technologies,” added Brewster. “All PACCAR manufacturing facilities have earned the prestigious ISO 14001 environmental certification. This distinction recognizes that the facilities have implemented rigorous energy-saving measures and innovative design features. Many PACCAR facilities in the U.S. and Europe have also successfully achieved 'zero waste to land-fill' status.” Capital Investments, Product Development and Industry Recognition PACCAR’s excellent long-term profits, strong balance sheet, and intense focus on quality, technology and productivity have enabled the company to invest $4.8 billion in capital projects, innovative products and new technologies during the past decade. Capital investments of $450-$550 million and R&D expenses of $275-$300 million are targeted in 2012 for new products and enhancing manufacturing operating efficiency. “Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF are investing in new industry-leading products and services to enable our customers to achieve excellent results in their businesses,” said George West, PACCAR vice president.