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Navistar sweeps truck of year honors at ATD convention

For the Heavy-Duty category, the Class 8 International ProStar beat out the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 engine and Peterbilt Model 579.

The Trucker News Services

1/27/2014

NEW ORLEANS — Navistar swept the competition during the annual American Truck Dealers Convention and Exposition with the International ProStar with Cummins ISX15 engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) named “2014 Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year” and the International TerraStar 4x4 named “2014 Medium-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year.”

“It is an honor to be recognized this year with both the 2014 ATD heavy-duty and medium-duty Commercial Truck of the Year titles,” said Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts for Navistar. “Being recognized in both these categories proves International is back with great product offerings.”

Judged by a panel of journalists from leading truck publications in North America, Truck of the Year is selected based on a number of criteria, including innovation and design, safety, and driver and owner satisfaction.

For the Heavy-Duty category, the Class 8 International ProStar beat out the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 engine and Peterbilt Model 579.

Re-introduced in December 2012 with SCR, the International ProStar with Cummins ISX15 offers aerodynamic innovations for improved fuel economy and support from the industry’s largest and most capable dealer service network, Kozek said. Offering ratings up to 550 horsepower and 1850 lb.-ft. of torque, the ISX15 engine’s variable geometry turbocharger enhances response and control with electric actuation for infinite adjustment, providing exact boost at any rpm, he added.

At its heart, the ProStar is a driver’s truck, Kozek said.

“The vehicle features the same benefits that have always made it a driver favorite,” he said. “For example, a one-piece, aerodynamic wraparound windshield, sloped hood and lower placed instrument panel ensure drivers have an unparalleled view of the road. The ProStar also carries a number of features like a 4-point, air-over-strut cab suspension, a combination of on-and-off center steering, a wide-track front axle and auto-like steering for superior ride and handling.”

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