CHICAGO, Ill. — In an effort to marry style with functionality and comfort, International has introduced its new flagship truck, the LoneStar. Instantly recognizable by its sleek chrome grill, the LoneStar is being called “the world’s most innovative big-rig truck” by International, which launched the product at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
Automotive-style features built into the LoneStar include: standard ABS; roll stability; traction control; Bluetooth Integration for hands-free phone use; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; automotive-style dash and gauges with rosewood or titanium trim; and a 50-degree wheel cut. The LoneStar’s interior is as distinctive as the exterior, with highlights including: wood flooring in the sleeper cab; sofa-bed design with back pillows; swivel chairs; closed “airline” cabinets; monsoon stereo system with 11 speakers, sub-woofer and amplifier; pull-down bed with 42-inch premium mattress; workspaces to plug in laptop computers and work in a desk-like setting; and a mini refrigerator.
To top things off, the LoneStar is projected to be 5% to 15% more fuel efficient than classic trucks, equating to an annual savings of $3,000 to $8,000. The LoneStar will be available for order from nearly 900 dealer locations in North America beginning in April. For a full review of the LoneStar, see next month’s print issue of Truck News.
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