International’s return to Australia
With the first official outing of the new ProStar range at the Brisbane Truck Show in May, the International brand has finally returned to Australia.
After a 16-year hiatus and with support from long-time affiliate Iveco, the iconic International brand has finally returned to the big stage.
The manufacturer’s first public outing at the Brisbane Truck Show in May officially put an end to a two-year waiting period that began with International parent company, Navistar, using the 2015 rendition of the event to announce that it would bring the label back to Australia.
With Navistar’s Cat Trucks project now officially history, Iveco has stepped in to facilitate the relaunch of the brand on behalf of the North American company. International-branded trucks had already been manufactured or assembled at Iveco Australia’s Melbourne facility from 1952 through to 2001, so the joint appearance in Queensland marked somewhat of a homecoming for International, according to Iveco Australia.
The ProStar, the first model to be sold under the revived International label, will be available in day cab, extended cab with a fully ADR-compliant bunk, and integrated full-size sleeper cab variants, and in a choice of five wheelbases.
All cabs feature the smooth aerodynamics that helped the Cat version gain a reputation for good fuel economy here in Australia. The integrated sleeper cab has also been optimised for local B-double operators, with full stand-up height as well as an optional roof fairing for improved aerodynamics when used with full-height trailers.
A key selling point of the new range, according to International Engineering Manager, Adrian Wright, is the short ‘bumper to back of cab’ (BBC) configuration, making the ProStar models suitable for a variety of combinations – from rigid tipper to B-double work.