International ProStar debuts

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After five years and $300 million in development, International Truck and Engine Corp. unveiled its new aerodynamic line of Class 8 trucks Thursday, March 23 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

“The new International ProStar will turn heads on the highway and at the pumps,” said Tom Baughman, vice president and general manager of International’s Heavy Truck Group. “Owners will love the way this truck saves money and generates profits, and drivers will love the drivability and comfort we’ve packed inside.”

The ProStar’s aerodynamic package includes sculpted fenders, a sloped hood and a streamlined cab and roof.

By using the detailed measurements of hundreds of truckers, designers improved the ergonomics of seats, instrument panels, flexible steering wheel positioning and roomy sleeper berths.

The ProStar is designed to reduce time for maintenance and repairs. For example, headlight bulbs and windshield wiper blades can be replaced by the driver without tools. The tractor also includes innovations such as the low-effort E-Z Tilt hood and Tilt-Away bumper to provide a walk-in engine compartment and allow easy engine and underside access.

The ProStar will phase out the 9400 Series line and eventually the 9200 Series line.

Shipments of the ProStar to dealers will begin in the first quarter of 2007. In addition to the base ProStar, the series includes the ProStar Premium, ProStar Eagle and ProStar Limited.