The ProStar is designed to reduce time for maintenance and repairs. For example, transmission time has been reduced by 90 minutes and headlight bulbs and windshield wiper blades can be replaced by the driver without tools. The tractor also features innovations like the low-effort E-Z Tilt hood and Tilt-Away bumper to provide a walk-in engine compartment and allow easy engine and underside access.
International also synchronized service intervals for an average of 59 more days on the road over the life of the vehicle.
Initial production will be based on a 122-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) tractor with daycab and high-rise sleeper configurations. The second phase of production will include additional BBC and sleeper configurations.
Shipments of the ProStar to dealers will begin in the first quarter of 2007.
International officials also gave an update on its entry into the diesel engine market for Class 8 trucks.
The company will initially offer two models in the 11-liter and 13-liter class starting in the fall of 2007. The engines will feature a lightweight block cast entirely from compacted graphite iron.
In other product news, International unveiled it new MXT pickup truck. It is the smaller cousin of two other colossal pickups – the CXT and RXT. The 300-horsepower MXT has a payload capacity of two tons and a towing capacity of eight tons. The MXT is the most affordable of the large International pickups with an estimated range of $69,900 to $85,000. The RXT is priced starting at $76,000, while the fully loaded CXT starts at $115,000.
America’s Traveling Truck Show Starts This Month
America’s Traveling Truck Show will stop at 20 Petro Stopping Center locations across the nation this spring and summer, beginning in Wheeler, Calif., on April 4.
The show will open from 1-7 p.m. daily and will feature truck makers, carriers, product and services providers, and entertainment.
The show will be in Las Vegas on April 11-13; Kingman, Ariz., on April 18-20; and Milan, N.M., on April 25-27. The tour will end in Weatherford, Texas, the week before the Great American Trucking Show, which starts Aug. 24 in Dallas. See the Events calendar on page 14 for more show dates.
The show is operated by Randall-Reilly Publishing, publisher of Truckers News and owner of GATS.
For information on ATTS, visit this site.
FMCSA Warned to Keep Tighter Rein on Suspect CDL Holders
The oversight office for the Federal Motor Carrier Administration wants the agency to better track the status of suspect CDL holders prosecuted in fraud schemes.
The Office of Inspector General based its Feb. 7 audit on information on drivers who obtained CDLs 1998-2003. Thirty-one states reported CDL fraud during that period. A total of 27 states provided specifics on 15,032 suspect CDL holders and took appropriate action, such as revoking privileges, against 55 percent of them, the OIG said.
The OIG noted in the draft report that it could not determine the status of the remaining 6,739 suspect CDL holders, 45 percent of the total, because of insufficient information from states. Most of those were from Florida or Pennsylvania, the OIG said. One state said there were too many suspect CDL holders to list. Another state reported it had no CDL fraud, though the OIG had an active fraud investigation in that state. The OIG report did not identify those states.