ATLANTA — Navistar says it is ushering in a “new era of uptime" through the industry’s newest product lineup.
The OEM made the announcement at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show, which continues here through Wednesday.
“Navistar and International Truck are better than ever. We’ve made strategic investments throughout the entire company, and none are more strategic than our completely new lineup of products that are delivering industry-leading uptime,” said Michael Cancelliere, president, truck and parts. “Our products offer our customers efficient solutions in any class of commercial vehicle and for any application with advanced technologies that support improved driver safety, productivity, fuel efficiency and minimize total cost of ownership. We are a fundamentally different company that is moving forward and taking uptime to a whole new level.”
At the heart of the company’s display at the show, the International Truck brand is showcasing a redesigned Class 8 line-up, including its on-highway and vocational products.
As part of the company’s Uptime mission, Cancelliere noted that International introduced the DriverFirst product design philosophy over a year ago to build on International's long-standing emphasis on customer uptime by sharpening the company's focus on the driver's point of view. “Drivers are looking for something comfortable and functional, with a design that helps them do their job better,” he said. “Drivers that are happy behind the wheel of their truck will be safer and more productive. International Truck listened to and implemented feedback from more than 800 drivers in the development of its recently introduced product portfolio.”
Cancelliere said among the products exhibited at the show that demonstrate uptime through DriverFirst were:
Cancelliere said the LT Series features dramatically improved aerodynamics and provides fuel efficiency that is 7 percent better than the company's most recent fuel economy leader, a 2017 ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 engine. The LT Series with the International A26 engine can achieve 9 percent better fuel economy than the previous 2016 model engine paired with a ProStar, Cancelliere said.
“International has always placed a strong emphasis on industry-leading aerodynamics as a solid foundation for fuel efficiency, and the CatalIST (International SuperTruck) delivers high-tech advancements already finding their way into production vehicles. CatalIST achieved a freight efficiency improvement of 104 percent compared to the control vehicle, exceeding the improvement goal set by the U.S. Department of Energy for the SuperTruck program,” Cancelliere said.
He said International continues to lead in uptime through new engine design and leveraging the power of connected services, adding the International A26 was designed from the ground up to deliver industry-leading uptime, durability and reliability. It is an engine with uptime built into every part of the development process, from design to calibration to testing.
“Navistar has invested significantly in telematics solutions and will continue to invest in new products that improve vehicle uptime and customer relationships,” Cancelliere said. “The OnCommand Connection Telematics Solution is the industry’s only open architecture remote diagnostics system supporting more than 325,000 vehicles of all makes and models. “OnCommand Connection Telematics and OnCommand Connection Advanced Remote Diagnostics are integrated with OnCommand Connection Electronic Driver Log (EDL), which automates federal Hours of Service compliance requirements. The industry’s largest dealer network provides Navistar with the foundation required to execute on the promise to be the leader in Uptime. Our OnCommand Connection solutions combined with the Uptime Command Center are the backbone of International’s commitment to deliver industry best uptime.”