Navistar International Corp. on Thursday, Nov. 20, presented keys to the first production International LoneStar to Jeramand Enterprises, signifying that delivery is under way for International’s Class 8 flagship product. Navistar representatives presented the keys to Danny Boudreau, driver and owner of Jeramand Enterprises, during ceremonies at East Coast International Trucks in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
“I knew when I first saw the LoneStar that I had to have one, and I couldn’t be more excited to receive the first truck,” Boudreau says. “With all its chrome, I can’t wait to show it off to family and friends.”
International says the LoneStar is the result of extensive customer research and automotive-inspired design, creating a new category of Class 8 trucks called “Advanced Classic,” in which technology and innovative styling converge with next-generation aerodynamic design to deliver superior fuel efficiency. According to the company, LoneStar also sets a higher standard for comfort through improved ergonomics, an industry-leading suspension, advanced electronics and a quiet cab.
“LoneStar is unlike anything on the road today,” says Steve Gilligan, assistant general manager of heavy vehicles for Navistar Truck Group, based in Warrenville, Ill. “The International LoneStar closes the gap between work style and lifestyle for driving professionals, combining peak productivity with emotional appeal. It is the product of Navistar’s culture of relentless innovation, and embodies the spirit both of today’s driving professionals and the dynamic, transforming energy inside our company.”
The LoneStar made its debut in February at the Chicago Auto Show. In March, truck enthusiasts got their first look at the truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.