INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — International Trucks announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show that it has achieved record quality results for its DuraStar and WorkStar trucks.
Navistar measures issues in the field over the first 90 days, generally thought to be a good indicator of product quality, as well as overall uptime. The DuraStar has achieved record 90-day quality and 98% uptime, the company announced. The WorkStar too has achieved record 90-day quality.
Navistar announced it will be increasing the horsepower available from its N10 (MaxxForce) engine from 350 to 385 later this year.
The company also announced improvements to its Diamond Logic electrical system, as well as a new body control module. The new system will deliver six times the current processing speed for truck and body electronics, while adding 16 additional input/output slots for equipment manufacturers. The enhancements will be offered beginning in November.
“Our Diamond Logic electrical system is best known for its ability to provide control and communication between work trucks and body equipment,” said John McKinney, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, International Truck. “We want our customers to experience the highest level of uptime in the industry, and that’s why we are taking electronics to the next level.”
New features that will be offered as a result of the enhancements include: Intelligent Start, which will manage the automatic starting of the engine and will disable the starter motor when the engine starts to prevent overcranking and overheating; Programmable Real-Time Starting, which will allow customers to remotely start vehicles at a pre-determined time, allowing all the trucks in the yard to warm up before the drivers arrive to begin a shift, for example; and Auto Start-Stop, which reduces idle-time but restarts the engine when required to charge the batteries.
Navistar also announced the launch of Fleetrite.com, dedicated to the company’s all-makes parts line. Fleet operators will be able to search thousands of truck and bus parts on the site.
“Our Fleetrite brand of all-makes parts is a key part of our ‘Uptime’ promise to our customers as we work to ensure unscheduled downtime becomes routine, scheduled maintenance,” said Michael Cancelliere, senior vice-president, global parts and customer service. “Fleetrite.com is as simple to use as picking up a catalog, with more interactive features that make finding the right part even easier and more intuitive, whether sitting at your desk or using your mobile device.”
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies