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MATS Report: International offers new options for ProStar

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- International Truck and Engine Corporation is planning to provide more options for its flagship P...

LOUISVILLE, Ky — International Truck and Engine Corporation is planning to provide more options for its flagship ProStar, including the new 113-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) dimension to complement the 122-inch BBC already available and a wider range of cab roof heights.

The Class 8 tractor is also available with new fuel efficiency features.

The increase in options reflects the many different applications that buyers favor today in their tractors, said Janelle Liechty, product manager, Line Haul Segment at International Trucks Heavy Product Center. In a 113-inch day cab, for instance, a shorter wheel base will deliver better maneuverability and will be lighter weight for regional haul delivery or any bulk haul application.

In addition to day cabs, the International ProStar is available in a sleeper configuration with the choice of four cab roof heights: 56-inch Low-Rise, 56-inch Hi-Rise or a 73-inch Hi-Rise and a 73-inch Sky-Rise configuration with a built-in air faring, which helps drive aerodynamic performance. The ProStars initial 122-BBC production featured only the 56-inch Hi-Rise or 73-inch Hi-Rise roof options.

The 113-inch BBC and new roof heights will be available for delivery beginning January 2008. The 122-inch BBC Hi-Rise began rolling-off the line earlier this year.

Also new to the International ProStar is a feature that will help save fuel, the Cummins ICON Idle Management System, which automatically starts the truck based on a pre-set desired interior temperature.

Also new is the Meritor Antilock Air Brake System with roll-stability and automatic traction control.

And ProStar can now be specd with Caterpillars new C13 engine beginning this summer. Approximately six months ahead of schedule, the Caterpillar C13 rounds out the Cummins and International MaxxForce engine offerings previously announced.

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