MONTREAL, Que. -- Given the popularity of the International 9900i in Canada, with more than 7,000 sold over the last 10 years, ExpoCam provided an appropriate backdrop for the “re-release” of the classic-styled truck, now powered by...
Show-goers admire the International 9900i at this year's ExpoCam in Montreal. Along with the PayStar 5900 SBA, the 9900i is one of two models International chose to 're-release' at the show.
MONTREAL, Que. — Given the popularity of the International 9900i in Canada, with more than 7,000 sold over the last 10 years, ExpoCam provided an appropriate backdrop for the “re-release” of the classic-styled truck, now powered by the Cummins ISX15 with selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
International showcased the new 9900i and the PayStar 5900 SBA, both with the ISX15 with SCR, for the first time at ExpoCam. Navistar officials said they are now taking orders for the models in both the US and Canada, with deliveries to commence this summer. They chose a Canadian trade show for the re-introduction, because the trucks have done well here and are built for the rugged applications typical in Canada.
“Canada can be tough on a vehicle and the power of the ISX15 makes our already rugged vehicles adaptable for any environment,” said Mark Belisle, president, Navistar Canada.
The ISX15 with SCR is available with 400-600 hp and 1,450-2,050 lb.-ft. of torque. The 9900i will initially be offered exclusively with the ISX15, while the PayStar 5900 can be had with the ISX15 or International MaxxForce 13-litre engine with SCR. Troy Clarke, president of Navistar, said “At the end of the day, we think our whole heavy-duty truck portfolio will have a 13-litre option and a 15-litre option, if that’s what the market demands.”
At an ExpoCam press conference, company officials noted they’ve hit all their targets in deploying trucks with SCR engines. The ISX15 is being shipped today in International trucks, and deliveries with the MaxxForce 13L will soon begin.
“We know we have to win some of our customers back, and we believe we have all the elements in place to do so,” Belisle acknowledged. “We have the product in place to drive the Canadian market, and the best dealer network to support them…We will soon have a full portfolio of proven SCR-powered engines that the Canadian marketplace demands.”
The 9900i is a classic-styled tractor, featuring a chiseled hood, chrome grille, lightweight Texas-style front bumper, which collectively “defines what a truck should look like,” Belisle said. It can be used for heavy-haul applications and other demanding on/off-highway jobs.
The PayStar 5900 SBA, available as either a truck or tractor, can handle gross combination weights of up to 150,000 lbs. A sloped hood enhances visibility through a one- or two-piece windshield.
“The 9900i and 5900 have Canada written all over them,” Belisle said.
Asked by Trucknews.com if the classic-styled 9900i will be able to comply with impending greenhouse gas emissions standards, Clarke gave a confident yes.
“This is not a truck that goes away,” he said. “I know it doesn’t appear to have superior aerodynamics, and I think aerodynamics are one of the main things that will help us get to 2017 GHG, but we will continue this truck in our portfolio. We’re going to find ways through rolling resistance and mechanical losses. There are aerodynamic improvements on the truck we have planned that will come out in the 2017 timeframe, but we will still capture the classic look of the long and tall, on-the-road/off-the-road type of truck. I wouldn’t worry about this truck falling out of our portfolio because of GHG; we’ll be able to keep it in.”
ExpoCam runs through Saturday at Place Bonaventure in Montreal, Que.
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