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International launches new severe duty models

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- If you think the world's largest production pick-up truck - the International CXT - is a stunnin...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — If you think the world’s largest production pick-up truck – the International CXT – is a stunning example of power and beauty, wait until you see its big brother, say company officials.

The International 7700 is International Truck and Engine Corporation’s newest truck in the company’s severe service vehicle line.

Company officials say the truck will provide many of the same standard features and benefits available with the current 7600 models – plus some new options. The new features specifically target bridge formula mixer, super dump and block hauler applications. Additional applications include severe service tanks and logger trucks.

“The International 7700 models are the newest members of the International 7000 Series that combine the style and drivability of the 7000 with the chassis strength and packaging our the popular 5000i,” said Bill Sixsmith, marketing director, Severe Service Vehicle Center, International Truck and Engine. “It is something we like to call ‘Polished Power’ – the great look of an International truck with the rugged power and smooth ride that vocational customers demand.

“The chrome features provide an emotional appeal that will leave customers thunderstruck. Plus, with a new front taper leaf spring system from International, the International 7700 delivers a smoother ride so drivers won’t be shaken up as they were before, even with empty payload.”

When it comes to payload, two of the new 7700 models feature a new front bumper to axle setting of 29.1 inches and frame system that optimizes payload weights for states that follow bridge formula limits. And the frame system of the International 7700 includes a single 12.25-inch frame that is 400 pounds lighter than many double 10-inch frames. This feature allows customers the ability to haul greater payloads.

The truck also includes an improvement in body mounting. The location of components on a chassis is critical when mounting various bodies such as mixers and multiple lift axle trucks. The International 7700 offers new clean CA chassis packaging options that create a faster, more economical and easier process for mounting truck bodies.

The standard engine on the International 7700 is a 305-horsepower Cummins ISM with an 1150-pound-foot torque rating. The Eaton Fuller 10-speed overdrive transmission is also standard. The engine options also include an upgrade in power to a 470-horsepower Caterpillar or Cummins engine.

The International 7700 also includes:

h A chrome grille, resistant to road debris, cracking and breaking, attached by six easily removable bolts for quick replacement if damaged;
h Standard powder base coating on certain bumpers, mirrors, battery boxes and fuel tanks to minimize chipping and corrosion;
h A multi-piece hood and headlight assembly to make repairs easier because in the event of damage, only one piece needs to be replaced;
h A front windshield which is nearly 11 percent larger than a leading competitor’s windshield for superior visibility and a commanding view of the road.
h The standard base coat/clear coat paint process seals the truck’s color coat from the environment and protects the base coat paint.
h The hood easily tilts and is made of a sheet-molded compound that is less expensive to repair than fibreglass hoods.
h Dual-power steering, on axles over 16k/lbs, and wheel cut up to 50-degrees, allowing for improved maneuverability. It also reduces turning effort and allows more control on soft dirt or sand surfaces.
h A “Fit and Finish” door with a cab exhauster to let the air out so that the door is tight and noise is significantly reduced for a quieter cab.
h Standard cab space which exceeds the leading competitor’s cab with more storage such as two overhead compartments and side-door storage areas. Additional compass, wind and temperature gauges can be added to the truck.
h A steering wheel which includes mounted controls such as cruise control.

The International 7700 also includes the Diamond Logic self-diagnosing system that electronically checks the status of the truck. When the key is turned to the “on” position, error codes will appear if there is a problem to let the technician know of the precise electrical fault. There are more than 517 fault codes that are diagnosed through the Diamond Logic system. Reduced diagnostic time over the life of the vehicle can save a substantial amount of resources.

“The unrivaled features integrated into the International 7700 illustrate the commitment to delivering solutions to the customer,” said Sixsmith. “This truck is designed specifically for the unique needs of the vocational market.”

Full production of the three new International 7700 models are scheduled to begin in February 2005. The new models include the International 7700 set-forward front axle 4×2 and 6×4 models and the International 7700 setback axle 6×4 model.

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