Navistar International Corp.'s new Class 8 series is tailored to two main concerns of fleet owners and operators: attracting and retaining drivers and keeping a lid on operating costs.
'Drivers want the image and they want the comfort,' International spokesman Greg Brooke said. 'Vehicle owners want the efficiency.'
The International 9000i series for the Class 8 over-the-road market has an all-new aluminum cab.
The series has a number of models built for various uses. With the 9900ix, the image is pure cowboy.
The square-nosed cab is 130 inches long from the front bumper to the back of the cab - the longest International ever.
Buyers can specify a 600 hp engine from Caterpillar Inc. or Cummins Engine Co. Inc. to soup up the vehicle.
The 9000i series cabs also have been designed for a roomier feel and improved ergonomics. Compared with standard configurations, the instrument panel is pushed forward two inches and headroom is increased by an inch. A new Blend Air heating and air conditioning system heats and cools faster and improves air flow.
The aluminum cab is lighter than steel and improves fuel economy. Other fuel-saving steps were taken by improving exterior air flow.
These changes include a wraparound windshield and aerodynamic roof fairings, sunshades and chassis skirts.
The chassis skirts alone allowed International to cut 80 pounds off the old design.