Our History

Kenworth trucks were born tough.

They still are. Since 1965, Kenworth has led the way in what it means to be the world’s best when it comes to trucks that are safe, robust and reliable. From the very first Kenworth models imported from the US, to the iconic models designed, developed and built in Australia since 1971 and specially suited to our rugged terrain, Kenworths don’t just do the job – they last the distance.


A winning way

Driving our success – and yours – is a spirit and strategy that’s stood the test of time. The growth of Kenworth in Australia was very much in line with the growth of the Australian trucking industry itself. We started in Australia, in the 1960s importing custom built Kenworths from the US, supporting Australian drivers desperate for trucks with enough muscle to manage our steep, winding highways.

By 1971, we had established a factory in Australia and the first custom-built, Australian made Kenworth came off-line.  Today, our local engineers still talk directly to customers so we know exactly what you need, and can build a truck just for you. Today we design and develop our trucks right here at home. At the same time, we can call on the global technical support and expertise of PACCAR – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks.

It’s this combination of local experience and innovation, and international resources that makes us a market leader. And what makes your Kenworth the safest, smartest, custom-built investment on wheels.

Check out our highlights and see how we’ve grown.