At the Waste Expo trade show in Las Vegas, Nev., Navistar Inc. showcased its International LoadStar, a lightweight low-cab-forward truck designed from the ground up with input from drivers and fleet managers to serve customer needs specific to the waste market, but with versatility to meet needs in concrete pumping, airplane refueling and other key vocational markets.
LoadStar is equipped with:
• Stainless-steel cab to minimize corrosion and increase durability;
• Vocationally designed variable-depth frame rails for added durability;
• Ergonomically designed cab interior and control placement;
• Navistar’s Diamond Logic multiplexed electrical system with capabilities that provide body integration for increased safety and ease of operation; and
• Integrated powertrain powered by MaxxForce, featuring CleanBurn Emissions Technology or optional natural gas version in early 2013.
In conjunction with the launch of the LoadStar, Navistar recently acquired certain assets and intellectual property from E-Z Pack Manufacturing, a manufacturer of truck bodies for the waste and refuse industry. Through the E-Z Pack acquisition, Navistar will offer the LoadStar as a fully integrated cab/chassis/body.
“This is another example of how Navistar is growing our business by leveraging what we have and what others have built,” says Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American truck group. “Building integrated refuse bodies gives us another opportunity to provide an integrated one-stop shop for waste haulers and helps expand Navistar’s industry-leading portfolio of purpose-built products.”
The International WorkStar and International LoadStar waste/refuse trucks still will be offered to mount with all other body companies in the industry based on customer preference. In addition, E-Z Pack will continue to mount bodies on chassis manufactured by other OEMs.