Regional and severe-service performance

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International Truck & Engine Corp. has launched the 8500 tractor for regional haulers and the 7000 Series severe-service truck for the construction, municipal and waste industries. Both are members of the company’s “High Performance Truck” family.

The new trucks offer International engines, with ratings up to 340 hp, and up to 1,200 lb-ft of torque. Designed with driver comfort and productivity as high priorities, these vehicles feature: a 50-degree wheel cut for superior maneuverability; more shoulder, head and belly room than previous offerings; a cab air suspension; a greatly improved HVAC system; a larger, curved, swept-back windshield for greater forward and peripheral vision; offset, evenly spaced steps; a wide door opening; and inside-mounted grab handles for ease of entry and egress; and improved insulation and cab seals.

Also designed for ease of service, the new trucks use a multiplexed electrical system – with 40 percent fewer wires than conventional systems – making diagnosis and repair simpler. Overall maintenance requirements have been minimized, with extended, consolidated or eliminated PM intervals, and easy access to major components, making for a 20 percent reduction in repair times, International says.

International Truck and Engine Co. (www.internationaldelivers.com)