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International offers new lightweight option

WARRENVILLE, Ill. -- International Truck and Engine Corporation is offering a lighter weight configuration on its 9...

WARRENVILLE, Ill. — International Truck and Engine Corporation is offering a lighter weight configuration on its 9200i heavy-duty tractor.

Offered in 4 x 2 and 6 x 4 axle configurations, the lightweight International 9200i integrates a series of weight-saving components to weigh in at 13,500 pounds, which represents a savings of almost 1,500 pounds over standard models, according to the company.

“Our customers, especially those in bulk and tank hauling businesses, must scrutinize every detail contributing to vehicle weight in order to haul more goods, improve fuel economy and increase resale values,” said Mark Vehlewald, marketing director, International Truck and Engine Corporation. “The lightweight features that are offered on our International 9200i tractor delivers these bottom-line benefits while maintaining the vehicle’s leading aerodynamic, reliability and durability performance.”

The aerodynamic shape of the International 9200i makes it up to five percent more fuel-efficient than the competition, an advantage magnified by its lightweight configuration. Any of the nearly authorized International sales locations across North America can help customers specify the customized weight-saving component in the 9200i model tractor. These steps include:

Seeking to reduce weight when possible on major powertrain components. For example, the Eaton Fuller Lightning Series transmission features a weight-saving, aluminum clutch housing with weight savings up to 129 pounds.
Specifying the Eaton Solo clutch can remove another nine pounds.
Selecting the right sleeper configuration. International offers a variety of sleeper configurations with the 9200i tractor. This decision impacts storage features, bunk alternatives and roof height, all of which must be considered with each customer application.
Even those customers running larger bunks can pare down sleeper weight by choosing the International Sky-Rise(tm) sleeper with its “built-in” roof faring. A 50-pound weight saving can be realized over a Hi-Rise sleeper with a roof faring and side extensions.
Not utilizing full chassis skirting can eliminate 450 pounds of truck weight, including 434 pounds of skirting and an additional 16 pounds with the under-bumper valance panel.
Switching to aluminum wheels and hubs can save an additional 550 pounds.
Wide aspect tires should erase an additional 500 pounds. For example, Michelin and Goodyear both offer alternatives that replace eight rear tires with four.
Spec’ing Motor Wheel CentriFuse brake drums on a 6×4 tractor reduces overall weight by an additional 108 pounds.
International is the first Class 8 OEM to offer a new Fontaine fifth wheel that is 33 pounds lighter than its standard fifth wheel.
Opting for lighter rear axles can save up to 89 pounds by using Meritor RT-40-145A axles with aluminum housings.
International offers front and rear suspension systems for the weight conscious customer. Composite front springs and multi-leaf rear steel suspensions offer weight saving opportunities vs. many air suspension systems.
With the International 9200i day cab model, even the cab mounting system is offered in a special weight saving version.
Customers can choose fewer and smaller fuel tanks. Selecting the optimum tank package to best meet your needs can have significant impact on total weight.

“It’s very easy for customers to come in and get excited about all the available features. The important thing for International and our dealers is to have customers feel assured that we are paying attention to even the minutest details when it comes to providing them with a truck that is right for their business,” said Vehlewald.

International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation. The company produces International brand commercial trucks, mid-range diesel engines and IC brand school buses and is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. With the broadest distribution network in North America, the company also provides financing for customers and dealers.

Additionally, through a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, the company builds medium commercial trucks and sells truck and diesel engine service parts. Additional information is available at

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