JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, (October 30, 2008) – A new, refreshed version of the International® 9800i, with a mid-roof cab, made its debut in front of commercial vehicle customers, industry experts and consumers at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) this week.
“The 9800i is a popular truck because of its reliability, low cost of ownership and all round performance. Standardizing the mid-roof will make the 9800i even more cost-efficient for our customers,” said Bob Jones, Chief Commercial Officer of Navistar International Trucks of Southern Africa.
Featured prominently at the International display, the updated, top-of-the-line 2009 International 9800i includes the new mid-roof cab that becomes standard mid-2009. The flat roof remains an option. The evolution of the 9800i cab has seen vast improvements, including increased leg room for the driver; air-assisted clutch; redesigned and vastly improved air conditioner system with added vents; new instrument clusters with ivory gauges which are easy to read in day or night; fully air-suspended driver and passenger seats; and dual lockable storage compartments within the cab. The 9800i mid-roof double sleeper cab ensures comfortable sleeping facilities for both drivers — a must after a long day on the road.
Another version of the 9800i on display is the 8x4 rigid chassis which is suitable for long-distance operation at maximum GCM providing customers with superb payload productivity.
“Our vehicles enjoy a strong acceptance in South Africa and we intend to grow our position in this market by continuing to grow our comprehensive line-up of reliable, cost-effective trucks,” said Tim Quinlan, regional vice president for Navistar in South Africa.
Also featured at the show is the increasingly popular International 7600 6x4 tractor fitted with a Cummins ISM 400 horsepower engine, Eaton Fuller auto shift transmission and a conventional extended cab with a sleeper bunk. Accompanying the 7600 is a 7400 6x4 rigid chassis complete with a TFM 12-cubic meter capacity tipping body. The 7400 6x4 chassis, which comes standard with an Allison fully-automatic transmission, is extremely versatile and suitable for on- and off-highway mixer, refuse compactor or tipper applications.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce™ brand diesel engines, IC brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine parts and service. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.navistar.com.
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