International brand returns to Australia


Brisbane Truck Show sees Australian launch of the International ProStar

 

The International ProStar is making its first Australian appearance at the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show.

It’s the first "International" model to return to the Australian market after an absence of several years.

The ProStar is powered by the 15 litre Cummins ISXe5, using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology.

The ISXe5 will offer initial power ratings of 475hp (350kW) to 550hp (405kW),  feeding into an industry-standard Eaton 18-speed overdrive transmission available in manual or automated UltraShift-Plus form.

The ProStar is a popular model in the United States, which is the home country of International’s parent company, Navistar.

"The International brand has a tremendous affinity in this part of the world but this is certainly no random attempt to simply resurrect International from the ashes of yesteryear," says Tim Quinlan, managing director of Navistar’s Australia/Pacific division, Navistar Auspac.

"This is an entirely new beginning and a great deal of careful planning and analysis preceded the decision to return the International brand to Australia and the Pacific region. There were many considerations, particularly in product plans for the future.

"The launch of ProStar in Brisbane is the first of many initiatives which will evolve over coming months and years.

"We are, for instance, considering the introduction of a second ProStar model, equipped with Cummins’ new ISGe5 12 litre engine which is also making its first Australian appearance at the Brisbane Truck Show."

The ProStar features Meritor axles front and rear, and Hendrickson’s Primaax-EX air bag suspension on the drives.

Gross combination mass (GCM) rating is 90 tonnes with wheelbase options from 4.6 to 5.7 metres.

Navistar Auspac says the ProStar is designed for a wide variety of applications, from truck and dog combinations to local and regional distribution in single trailer or B-double configurations, as well as linehaul duties in single, B-double and double road train roles.

The bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) dimension is just 2845 mm, or 112 inches, in non-sleeper day cab form. There are two sleeper cab variants: an integrated extended cab and a 40 inch (1016 mm) high-rise sleeper.

"Both sleeper versions are ideally suited to 34-pallet B-double applications," says Navistar.

There is also the option of a unique Australian-designed electrically operated slide-out sleeper cab with built-in seats, desk, fridge, TV, microwave and even coffee making machine.

Twin polished aluminium fuel tanks in capacities of 680 and 980 litres are accompanied by a 90 litre AdBlue tank sited behind the left-hand side fuel tank.

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