International Truck introduced a new configuration for its all-wheel drive International HV Series at the 2019 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), featuring a high-visibility hood and set-back axle that allows for improved visibility and maneuverability, according to International.
“Our customers are truly at the center of everything we do. We’re constantly working with them to find the best solutions for their business,” said Mark Stasell, vice president, Vocational Truck Business for Navistar. “We received customer feedback requesting improved visibility and maneuverability with vocational fleets, so we immediately started working on plans to make it a reality.”
The high-visibility hood and set-back axle are extremely important for the vocational industry, especially for utility companies working in remote areas where a 4x4 chassis and maximum maneuverability are necessary, International noted, adding that the new configuration provides more safety around the vehicle.
“Safety is always a top concern, and the improved visibility provides the driver with better awareness of what, and who, is around the vehicle; improving the safety of the driver, the vehicle and everyone on site," said Stasell.
The new configuration is another example of the company working to improve its presence within the vocational market. Earlier this year, the company launched its Diamond Partner Program, which focuses on building stronger relationships and communication between truck equipment manufacturers and International dealers. Since its launch in March, the program has accumulated over 130 partners.