Navistar shows more efficient ProStar

| March 25, 2010
The ProStar+ Hi-Rise has 50 percent more total storage space than the previous model.
The ProStar+ Hi-Rise has 50 percent more total storage space than the previous model.

Navistar Inc., at a press event in Louisville, Ky., on March 24 introduced the new International ProStar+, which has improved aerodynamics and a nearly 1,300-pound weight reduction from the existing ProStar model.

“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,” said Jim Hebe, Navistar senior vice president, North American sales operations.

The truck is powered by the Advanced EGR MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13. With MaxxForce Advanced EGR, customers won’t have the worry or inconvenience of finding or filling liquid urea.

The ProStar+ has a re-engineered overhead console that allows for easier reach and even includes an in-cab paper towel dispenser. Storage has been improved, with the Hi-Rise model providing a 150 percent increase in captured storage and a 50 percent improvement in total storage.

The ProStar+ cab noise levels have been reduced 9 percent compared to last year’s ProStar. Other driver satisfaction improvements include a 20-pound force reduction in clutch feel, providing easier shifting and less fatigue.

The ProStar+ offers new aerodynamic enhancements, including optional full-length chassis skirts for sleepers as well as a new cab roof air fairing for daycab 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.

The ProStar+ is 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor. When you include the MaxxForce 13, with its lightweight compacted graphite iron cylinder block, and MaxxForce Advanced EGR emissions 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.

In other news, Navistar introduced the ReStar reconditioning program for late-model Class 5-8 commercial trucks that analyzes, recommends and replaces key mechanical and aesthetic components based on the application, age and history of each truck. With a unique work order in hand, mechanics experienced in modifications and repair perform the customized overhaul at International Truck Specialty Center locations throughout North America. The result—a reconditioned truck with a refreshed look, reliable critical components and a life expectancy well into the future.

The ReStar program is available for most makes and models of commercial trucks—International brand trucks or those built by other OEMs— and is ideal for fleets wanting to extend the life of their vehicles while minimizing costly downtime, unexpected repairs and driver turnover.

Potential customers wanting more information on ReStar can contact an International Truck Specialty Center at (800) 641-4000.

Navistar also presented OnCommand by Navistar— a bundled approach to service and after-sales support offerings. OnCommand helps customers achieve more efficient repairs and maintenance, better lifecycle value and an overall lower total cost of ownership.

“By bundling our current array of service and parts offerings under one umbrella, OnCommand will allow our customers easier access to critical vehicle, parts and training information to ensure maximum uptime,” Hebe said.

The service includes online service manuals, preventative maintenance technologies, supply chain tools and technician training.