Overdrive Staff | May 02, 2010

Navistar ProStar+

The new International ProStar+ has improved aerodynamics and a nearly 1,300-lb. weight reduction from the existing ProStar model. The truck is powered by the Advanced EGR MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 engine. The ProStar+ has a re-engineered overhead console. Cab noise has been reduced 9 percent compared to last year’s ProStar. Other improvements include a 20-lb. force reduction in clutch feel, providing easier shifting and less fatigue, the company says. New aerodynamic enhancements include optional full-length chassis skirts for sleepers as well as a new cab roof air fairing for day cab models. ProStar+ also includes a clutched air compressor, variable speed fan, low viscosity engine oil and fuel-efficient rear axle lubricant.

NAVISTAR,, 800-448-7825

Mack transmission

The mDrive automated manual transmission with automated gear shifting will be available on Pinnacle model highway tractors powered by MP7 and MP8 engines. The mDrive has 12 forward and four reverse speeds, and is available in direct drive or overdrive. It has a torque capacity of 1920 lb.-ft. and a dry weight of 615 pounds. The shifting strategy for mDrive is based on cruise speeds of 1350 to 1450 rpm. The driver interacts with mDrive through a dash-mounted control pad containing manual input and hold shift buttons. The Mack Co-Pilot driver display shows transmission status, including the number of upshifts or downshifts available, the current gear and the current operating mode.

MACK,, (610) 709-3961

Trucking-specific GPS

The IntelliRoute TND 700 truck GPS device has a 7-in. high-definition screen and enhanced software. The company says the new device provides greater mapping detail at each zoom level, a larger viewing screen, additional Trucker Business Tools, enhanced features and 363,000 data updates, when compared with the IntelliRoute TND 500. The TND 700 includes louder-than-normal speakers and custom-designed mounting features.

RAND MCNALLY,, (800) 234-4069

Thermo King introduces three products

The TriPac Electric APU System is an electric auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system. The T-1000 Spectrum Multi-Temp Unit for Trucks (pictured) is a self-powered multi-temperature unit with scroll compressor technology. Its engine emits 38 percent less particulate matter and 54 percent less carbon monoxide than previous engines, the company says. The SmartPower High Output Electric Standby Option comes in 14-hp or 24-hp versions.

THERMO KING,, (205) 591-242

Seat covers

Coveralls seat covers fit high-back seats, mid-back with headrest seats, and seats with or without armrests, with a side cinch-down lacing system. The polyester canvas blend covers are liquid repellant and stain resistant, the company says. Each cover has six elastic pockets for storage.

SEATS INCORPORATED, (800) 443-0615

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