Opposing parties

| April 01, 2006

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  • Communicate with their individual memberships about workforce trends and practices for engaging older workers.

  • Educate workforce stakeholders on the demographic shifts and trends of the older workforce.
  • Provide employers with resources to help them meet their employment needs with qualified workers.

-Jill Dunn

International Launches ProStar Series Tractors
After spending five years and $300 million in development, International Truck and Engine Corp. has unveiled its new line of Class 8 trucks.

The company initially showcased its ProStar Series tractors to trucking journalists in February in Chicago before officially introducing them to the public at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

International says the development of the ProStar relied heavily on the collaboration of dealer and customer advisory boards and millions of miles of testing.

International says the ProStar’s aerodynamic design puts it ahead of its competitors in styling, fuel economy, drivability and low ownership costs. “The new International ProStar will turn heads on the highway and at the pumps,” said Tom Baughman, vice president and general manager of the company’s Heavy Truck Group. “Owners will love the way this truck saves money and generates profits, and drivers will love the drivability and comfort we’ve packed inside.”

The truck’s aerodynamic package includes sculpted fenders, a sloped hood to increase visibility and a streamlined cab and roof to reduce wind resistance. In wind tunnel tests, International says the ProStar showed an 8 percent improvement in drag reduction over its previous models.

By using detailed measurements of hundreds of truckers, developers improved on the ergonomics with its seats, instrument panel, flexible steering wheel positioning and roomy sleeper berth.

“The integrity and durability of the new International ProStar cab delivers a smoother, quieter ride, minimizing driver fatigue and maximizing productivity,” Baughman said.

International also boasts the ProStar is unique because of its uptime promises and low ownership costs. Developers looked at the leading causes of downtime – tires, electrical harnesses, connectors, batteries, air leaks, air brakes and fuel systems. To respond to these issues, the company developed monitoring, prognostic and diagnostic systems to improve uptime performance and provide critical information to the drivers and fleet managers.

“We spent a lot of time with customers mining their maintenance records and discussing the top causes of downtime,” Baughman says. “Each targeted system improvement has been tracked ongoing from component testing through to vehicle testing to be sure we provide customers a product that stands up to the grueling and time sensitive demands synonymous with line-haul applications.”

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