Hot on the heels of Caterpillar’s announcement that it would be pulling out of on highway vocational trucks, its sometime ally International Navistar, has announced a new range of vocational trucks.
Navistar this week revealed its International HX Series which vice-president and general manager of vocational product line, David Hillman says has the look, style and performance for success and will fill the void left by the break up of Navistar’s relationship with Cat in the US.
Navistar AusPac announced last year that it will re introduce the International name plate to Australian roads in coming months, but there is some speculation how Navistar will implement the love and the logistics that will be employed to facilitate the re-introduction.
Hillman said the design of new 520, 515, 615 and 620 family of HX Series vocational trucks was based on strength, productivity, style and performance.
“These trucks have been engineered to perform,” Hillman said.
“This is just the beginning of an all-new product surge over the next two years,” Hillman said.
International Truck and Cummins also revealed at the US Work Truck Show that they are again working together to International DuraStar and WorkStar models powered by Cummins’ ISL9 engine.
“Adding the Cummins ISL9 to our lineup is a key part of our strategy to offer the most comprehensive options of proven components in the industry to our customers,” said Bill Kozek, president of International Truck and Parts.
The ISL9-liter engine is rated up to 380 horsepower and 1,250 lb.-ft. of torque, with flexible horsepower and torque ratings for medium-duty and vocational applications.
The trucks will also be offered with the Navistar N9 engine in the DuraStar and Navistar N9 and N10 in the WorkStar.
“Cummins and International have worked closely together to engineer the ISL9 in the DuraStar and WorkStar, offering a unique value package combination of performance and reliability,” said Kozek.
“With the launch of the ISL9, we continue to focus on meeting the needs of our customers by delivering innovative, best-in-class products for a wide range of applications.”
The third announcement by International was that it would offer the advanced Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system in its DuraStar model.
The Bendix Wingman Fusion is a that reduces the chance of drivers getting into an accident by using radar, cameras, the vehicle’s braking system and Bendix’s SafetyDirect system.
“Our uptime philosophy goes beyond our product quality,” said Kozek. “Uptime is also dependent on the safety of a driver during operation of our trucks, and our goal is to offer the most innovative solutions to prevent any disruption of an operator’s ability to fulfill their job.”