LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In introducing the all-new International ProStar+ (Plus) to dealers, customers, and industry press at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Navistar Inc. said Wednesday the company was taking its best-selling Class 8 on-highway truck and making it better.
“We weren’t satisfied with simply being the best — we were determined to make the best even better,” said Jim Hebe, Navistar senior vice president, North American sales operations. “Along with improving the truck’s aerodynamics and reducing its curb weight, we’ve made a number of driver-friendly interior improvements and integrated a no-hassle emissions solution that allows drivers to do what they do best.”
Powered exclusively by the advanced EGR MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 engines, the company touts the ProStar+ as the only “no-hassle” 2010 emissions solution, meaning customers won’t have the worry or inconvenience of finding or filling liquid urea.
Emissions compliance isn’t the only feature of the ProStar+ designed with the driver in mind, company leaders said during the presentation.
Listening to direct feedback from drivers, the ProStar+ includes “dramatically refined interior functionality.” A re-engineered overhead console allows for easier reach and even includes an in-cab paper towel dispenser. Storage has been dramatically improved, with the Hi-Rise model seeing a 150 percent increase in captured storage and a 50 percent improvement in total storage.
In addition, the ProStar+ cab environment has become even quieter, the company said. Boasting one of the quietest cabs in the segment, ProStar+ cab noise levels have dropped nine percent compared to last year’s ProStar, according to Navistar. Other driver satisfaction improvements include a 20-pound force reduction in clutch feel for better driver comfort, providing easier shifting and less fatigue.
Already billed as the industry’s most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient Class 8 truck, the ProStar+ offers new aerodynamic enhancements, including optional full-length chassis skirts for sleepers as well as a new cab roof air fairing for day cab models. ProStar+ also includes many new powertrain features that improve fuel economy, including a clutched air compressor, variable speed fan, low viscosity engine oil and fuel-efficient rear axle lubricant.
As vehicle weight continues to be a top priority for customers, the ProStar+ is 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor. With the MaxxForce 13’s lightweight compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block and advanced EGR technology , the ProStar+ has an additional 600-pound advantage versus the leading 15-liter engine, providing an extra 1,300 pounds of added payload capacity and fuel economy benefits, according to Navistar.
“The new ProStar+ provides an unparalleled level of driver satisfaction, while delivering the lowest cost of ownership in the industry,” Hebe said.
Navistar also trumpeted its new ReStar reconditioning program, aimed at customers looking to improve their business, enhance their brand and reward their drivers.
Designed for late-model Class 5-8 commercial trucks, the ReStar program analyzes, recommends and replaces key mechanical and aesthetic components based on the application, age and history of each truck.
Mechanics experienced in modifications and repair will perform the customized overhaul at International Truck Specialty Center locations throughout North America, the company said. The result will be a reconditioned truck with a refreshed look, reliable critical components and a life expectancy well into the future.
“From powertrains to wiper blades, brakes to hoses, every truck has unique requirements,” said Hebe. “With ReStar, we can provide customers with a customized refresh package that maximizes vehicle uptime and increases brand reputation.”
The ReStar program is available for most makes and models of commercial trucks—International brand trucks or those built by other OEMs — and is offered to fleets wanting to extend the life of their vehicles while minimizing costly downtime, unexpected repairs and driver turnover, Navistar said.
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